Thieves ripped a cash machine from the wall of a Lincolnshire off-licence using a JCB in an early morning ram raid, police say. They used a yellow JCB to target Booze 4 Less in Stamford, tearing the ATM from the shop at around 1.50am on Tuesday, November 14.
Thousands of pounds are believed to have been stolen after the thieves made off with the cash machine itself. At least two people believed to be involved made off in a white Nissan Navara 4×4, though it’s not clear which direction they were travelling in, police say.
The force has launched an investigation and officers remained on the scene into the late afternoon. A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers were immediately deployed and carried out searches of the roads and surrounding areas but the offenders have not yet been traced.
“Specialist officers and staff, including detectives and crime scene investigators, have been on the scene since the early hours and will be carrying out further enquiries in the local area in the coming days.” They added: “We are now appealing for anyone who might have dashcam, CCTV, or doorbell footage which could help our investigation to come forward.”
“Anyone who was driving in the Stirling Road, Sutherland Way, Casterton Road, or Empingham Road areas is asked to check dashcam footage to see if it captured a yellow JCB or a white Nissan Navara between 1.45am and 2.15am, and share that footage with us. We would also be keen to view footage form people travelling between Uffington and Stamford at the time.”
The JCB was left at the scene and is believed to have been stolen from a farm in Uffington.