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Thieves have used a digger to steal a cashpoint from the wall of a Bedfordshire petrol station.
Bedfordshire Police are trying to find people who saw what happened at the Stotfold Service Station in Arlesey Road, Stotfold on the evening of Friday 19 July 2013.
The raid happened at around 11.25pm, and the digger had been stolen from a field opposite the Service Station.
The thieves loaded the cashpoint into the back of a white Ford Transit van – which had been stolen from Essex and had the false number plate BT11CTB and may have had its roof removed.
The offenders then left the area in the van which was later discovered in Chapelfields in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, with the ATM still on board. It is not yet known how much money was removed.
Detective Constable Barry Kerr, who is investigating the raid, is keen to hear from anybody who may have seen the raid taking place or from anyone who may have seen the offenders travelling towards, and then abandoning the vehicle, in Gamlingay.
DC Kerr said: “This appears to have been a well organised and well executed raid which involved the thieves seemingly modifying a transit van so that the cashpoint could be lowered into it quickly and without any trouble.
“I’m keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the raid or has any information about the offenders. Even the smallest bit of information could help us with our inquiries.”
If you have information relating to this incident, you are asked to contact DC Kerr, in confidence, on 01234 275142, the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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