SAFE ROBBERS FAIL, NOTE LEFT FOR POLICE

An article from the Bowes Park Weekly News, 12 January 1940

Thieves broke into the Crouch End branch of the Westminster Bank during the week-end, and tried to blow open the safe in the strong room but failed.

A note, which was found pinned to the wall when the bank was opened on Monday morning, said: “We were unlucky. The blow-pipe burst. We have been here many hours. Everybody seems to be asleep.”

Detectives believe the thieves entered through a skylight on Saturday afternoon, changed one of the door locks, and returned early on Sunday with the apparatus for blowing open the safe. Finger-print experts examined the premises.

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