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They record hooded men carrying a bitcoin ATM in Spain


A group of hooded men carried a bitcoin automated teller machine (ATM) from the cryptocurrency store GBTC Finance, located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district in the city of Barcelona, ​​Spain. The band believed they would get some great loot, but the device only had a few euros.

During the early morning of thisOn Friday, November 12, the thieves crashed a van in the front of the GBTC Finance store, took out the bitcoin ATM and fled after loading it into another all-terrain vehicle. The robbery lasted about 10 minutes with the same modus operandi that has been used to commit other robberies in the city recently.

Several witnesses who were in the area they managed to record videos of the events in which the assailants are observed firing gas from fire extinguishers to hide his wrongdoing.

“From the ATM they can only extract the cash that is in it, which is usually little since we empty them daily,” the GBTC Finance team informed CriptoNoticias. They added that the damage suffered to the facade of the store will be repaired in the next few days to return to operation as soon as possible.

One of the GBTC Finance stores suffered material damage and the theft of its cryptocurrency ATM. Source: Twitter

According to him report of media from Spain, the Catalan police have opened an investigation of which the details are still unknown.

A user on Twitter supposes that thieves may have thought that at the bitcoin ATM they would find bills they could mine for some good loot. Apparently they did not count on crypto ATMs, although they look the same as traditional ones, they do not work in the same way.

Bitcoin ATMs are not usually loaded with a lot of cash, nor do they connect to bank accounts. On the contrary, they do it directly with the cryptocurrency portfolio of consumers who use these devices to have a localized and convenient method to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in person.

GBTC Finance is among the companies that operate bitcoin ATMs in Spain. According data of Coin ATM Radar there are 156 machines installed in Spanish territory of which 11 belong to this Catalan company, while the majority or 39% of them are controlled by the also Catalan Bitbase.





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