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Police urging vigilance over ATM thefts as they may be linked

Police investigating the ramraid of an ATM in Nottinghamshire are urging the public to keep on the look out for suspicious activity, as they believe it may be linked to other recent cashpoint thefts in the region.

The cashpoint was ripped from the wall Credit: ITV News Central

A telehandler digger was used to rip out the cash machine at the Sainsbury's on Bingham Lane in Cotgrave in the early hours of Monday 7 August.

The digger has been stolen from East Bridgford earlier on, and was used to smash the cashpoint out of the wall, before it was loaded on to a pickup truck and taken away.

Police say a white Audi saloon car was also seen at the location. The pick-up truck was found abandoned in a field in Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire, but the Audi has not yet been traced.

A telehandler digger was used to steal the ATM in Cotgrave Credit: ITV News Central

The officer investigating the theft said it followed a similar pattern to others across the region in recent weeks, and is asking people to report suspicious activity, such as construction vehicles being driven around in the middle of the night.

These offences almost always take place in the early hours and involve the use of a telehandler, a pick-up truck to take the cash machine away and then what is often a performance car as the final getaway vehicle.

The offenders almost always use ratchet straps to remove the cash machines which are often discarded in nearby fields.

Once stolen, the cash machines are taken to secluded barns or similar where they are cut up using angle grinders. The offenders conduct reconnaissance to identify these premises prior to the offences.

Even offences as minor as causing lock damage to gates may be an indication that offenders intend to use the location to hide vehicles or as a dumping site after the offence.

– Detective Sergeant Michael Broddell, Nottinghamshire Police

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