Spanish police are investigating the theft of a ‘Bitcoin ATM’ in a raid on a cryptocurrency change outlet in a rich Barcelona neighbourhood, native media reported on Friday.
Bitcoin ATMs permit prospects to buy cryptocurrency utilizing money or a debit card, whereas some additionally let customers to change their crypto holdings for money.
In response to knowledge from the Coin ATM radar web site, which tracks the placement of crypto ATMs, Spain has 158 such machines, the very best quantity in Europe.
Catalonia’s Mossos d’Esquadra police drive mentioned an AfTM had been stolen at round 3 a.m. and declined to supply any extra info to keep away from hindering the investigation.
Citing police sources, EFE information company mentioned thieves took the Bitcoin ATM from a store on Beethoven avenue within the Sarria space, residence to a department of the GBTC cryptocurrency change.
GBTC didn’t return a number of requests for remark and the police declined to verify the precise location of the theft.
An unverified video purporting to point out the crime confirmed an SUV ramming into the closed shutters of the GBTC storefront earlier than half a dozen or so individuals in hoods carried the money machine right into a second automotive ready on the road.
One of many assailants sprayed a fireplace extinguisher at onlookers as the 2 vehicles sped off into the evening.
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