Friday, December 3

Assault in Barcelona on the first bitcoin ATM

The Spanish police are investigating the theft of a “bitcoin ATM” in an assault on a cryptocurrency exchange point in Sarrià, a neighborhood of Barcelona.

Bitcoin ATMs allow customers to purchase cryptocurrencies using cash or a debit card. Some also allow users to exchange their cryptocurrency holdings for cash.

According to data from the Coin ATM radar website, which tracks the location of cryptocurrency ATMs, Spain has 158 such ATMs, the highest number in Europe.

The autonomous police of Catalonia, the Mossos d’Esquadra, confirmed to that a cashier was the subject of a robbery around 3 a.m. on Saturday, declining to provide more information so as not to hinder the investigation.

Citing police sources, the EFE news agency confirmed that the thieves took the bitcoin ATM from a store on Beethoven Street, in the Sarrià area, where a branch of the GBTC cryptocurrency exchange is located.

GBTC did not respond to the press at the time of publishing this article.

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