An explosion ripped open a cash machine at a petrol station in Hounslow , waking up startled residents.
The "loud bang" was heard by people living near the BP petrol station on Staines Road, Bedfont , in the very early hours of Wednesday (September 7) morning.
It is the fourth ATM robbery in the borough in less than a month.
One resident said: “At around 2am this morning Bedfont was awoken to a loud bang from the BP petrol station on the Staines Road.
“There's not a lot left of where the cash point is, its all over the floor now and the petrol station is closed and taped off.”
Detectives from the Flying Squad have launched an investigation into the robbery of an ATM in Hounslow.
A police cordon has been put in place at the BP petrol station on Staines Road where the cash machine was blown up at around 2am.
However, the thieves fled the scene before police arrived, leaving behind a heap of mess.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed they were called to the scene at 1.55am.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “At 1.55am on Wednesday, September 7, police were informed that suspects had exploded an ATM at a petrol station on Staines Road, TW14, stealing the contents before fleeing the scene prior to police attendance.”
Latest in string of explosive incidents
It is unclear how much money was stolen from the cash machine.
No arrests have been made and police enquiries continue.
There have been a string of ATM robberies in the borough with the first explosion of a cash machine at a Hanworth petrol station on August 10.
Days later, suspects made off with an ATM from a hotel lobby on the Bath Road, near Heathrow, which ended in three crashes in a dramatic police car chase.
The most recent was on August 22, at 1.40am where a cash machine in a phone box outside a shop in Heston was blown up.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is urged to call the Flying Squad in Putney via 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.