Three men wearing balaclavas stole a car before using it to attempt a ram raid on a Cambridgeshire Co-op.
“This is the aftermath in Linton High Street this morning following an attempted ram raid,” said a Cambridgeshire police spokesperson releasing photos of the damage.
At 1:10am on Monday the three masked men targeted the Co-op ATM using a Toyota Hi-Lux with false plates to smash the front of the shop.
“They were unsuccessful and left with no cash, leaving the Hi-Lux at the scene and making off in a silver Golf Type R,” said the spokesperson.
Forensic experts were later called to look for evidence.
Anyone with information can contact Cambridgeshire Police via https://orlo.uk/1N8Qa quoting incident 19 of October 23 or call 101 if you don’t have internet access.
Ironically the ram raid came on the same day police in Huntingdonshire said they had brightened up the area outside SPAR in Warboys “as well installing a deterrent against ram raids.
“A big thank you to Dobbies for their donation of the compost alongside Huntingdon Town Council who kindly gave the planter”.
Huntingdonshire Police updated their alerts over ATM thefts with a reminder that ram-raiders target Cambridgeshire at least 10 times a year.
Crime data analysed by the force highlights that Huntingdonshire is the local authority area most affected by ATM thefts, with 30 offences recorded between 2012 and 2022 while
Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien said last year: “Ram-raids are likely to take place between September and January when the nights are darker. With these months fast approaching and the intelligence we have, we believe ATM thefts are likely to increase in the coming months and are therefore launching a pro-active policing response.
“Our patrols will increase across the county, and we will also be working with partner agencies to target suspects and educate businesses with ATM machines about potential risks, and more importantly any protective measures, that they can take.
“We are committed to making it harder for ATM thieves to target our local shops and ATM machines and will be targeting areas we believe are at increased risk – but we can’t do it alone.
“We need the public’s help to report anything suspicious or anything they see that might not seem quite right, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. One call could make all the difference and potentially stop a store or petrol station being targeted.”
How can I help?
Officers will be increasing their regular patrols and members of the public are being asked to:
- Ensure their vehicles have working trackers installed – particularly owners of high-performance cars, ‘heavy vehicles’ such as transits and flat beds which could be used to ram an ATM and plant
- Consider installing video doorbells or CCTV
- Report anything suspicious, for example people scoping houses or tampering with number plates
- Report any instances of people appearing to be paying attention to ATM machines, including taking photos or unauthorised people attaching ‘out of order’ signs to give an impression the machine is not working properly
- Raise concerns about anything that doesn’t feel quite right involving high performance cars, ‘heavy vehicles’ or plant travelling in the vicinity towns and villages during the hours of darkness
- Report high-performance or ‘heavy’ vehicles that are not usually in the area and appear to have been left parked for a few days
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