Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

What a block-BUSTER! Moment gang use digger to ram-raid Co-op and steal ATM… after stealing it from Jurassic World set at nearby Pinewood Studios

  • Criminals are understood to have hammered down the walls of the set to get in
  • They then stole the JCB and drove it two miles to smash into nearby Co-op store
  • Pictures taken after incident showed increased security at Pinewood complex 

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 11:41, 24 September 2020 | Updated: 13:42, 24 September 2020

This is the moment a gang used a JCB digger to ram-raid a Co-op and make off with a cash machine – after stealing the high-powered vehicle from the Jurassic World set at nearby Pinewood Studios. 

The criminals, who struck on Sunday night, are understood to have hammered down the walls of the set at the famous Buckinghamshire studios before making off with several valuables, including the digger.

They then drove the stolen vehicle two miles to the Co-op in nearby Iver Heath and used it to batter through a wall and extract the cash machine, with photos taken the morning showing a huge hole in the shop front.

Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

Criminals use a JCB stolen from Pinewood studios to smash into a Co-op and flee with a cash machine 

Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

Security screens were set up around Pinewood after the shocking incident on Sunday night 

The set where Jurassic World was being filmed is understood to have held props from other films, such as Star Wars. It is not clear what else was stolen.  

A source at Pinewood Studios said: ‘This was a major incident, and everyone is looking for answers over how it happened.

‘Pinewood is home to some of the biggest films on the planet and security is extremely tight – not to mention the fact there are major Hollywood stars working there all the time.

‘But this gang seem to have been totally fearless, they were armed and have smashed their way through the fences and straight onto the sets where they film Jurassic World and recently made Star Wars.

‘They’ve helped themselves to some valuable items – supposedly a pick-up truck and a JCB which is used to move the sets around, and then smashed their way back out before ramming into a nearby shop and stealing the cash machine.

‘It’s a real nightmare for the studio and everyone working there.’

Thames Valley Police said: ‘The Co-op was broken into in the early hours of Monday morning.

The offenders stole an ATM from the store and during the robbery they used two stolen vehicles – one of which was stolen from Pinewood Studios and has not been recovered. 

‘A thorough investigation is ongoing and we have taken numerous witness statements and have footage which is being reviewed.

‘Anyone with any information about the robbery should contact the force online or by calling 101, quoting investigation reference 43200296010.’

Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

The criminals stole a JCB and then used it to ram-raid a nearby Co-op and make off with a cash machine 

Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

Workmen clearing up the remains of the shattered shopfront after the Co-op raid on Sunday 

It is the latest blow to filming at Pinewood, which has been hit by several problems in recent years.

In March, filming for Jurassic World and Star Wars had to be temporarily suspended because of the Covid pandemic, although it has since continued.

And last year there was a fire on the set of James Bond after three explosions caused by an accident with stunt equipment.

One person suffered a minor injury.

A spokeswoman for Pinewood confirmed the most recent incident, saying that bosses are now assisting police to find those responsible.

The Co-op store has since reopened, and a spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that there was a ram raid incident at our Iver Heath store in Slough in the early hours of Monday morning (21 September).

‘Fortunately no store colleagues or customers were present at the time.

‘CCTV has been shared with the police, who are investigating, and we would ask anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The store has reopened to serve the community.’ 

A spokesman for the Bond  film said last year: ‘During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage.

‘There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury.’ 

Pinewood Studios smash and dash: Axe-wielding gang break onto Jurassic World set

A view of the Pinewood studios, where some of Britain’s most high-profile films are made 

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