Police Scotland is continuing to appeal for information following a break-in and attempted theft of an ATM machine from the Scot-mid store at Torphins overnight.
Officers were alerted to the incident at Craigour Road at around 1.30am this morning (Thursday February 28, 2019) whereby the front of the convenience store had been significantly damaged.
A red Manitou telehandler which had been stolen from a Torphins building site earlier that night was abandoned at the scene during the attempt. Two other vehicles believed to have been used – a dark Ford Galaxy and a gold Chrysler Voyager – were also recovered nearby, aswell as the ATM machine.
Following further enquiries we are aware that a blue Mini One (reg. no. SB63 XDJ) was also stolen from the Torphins area overnight - this vehicle remains outstanding and we want to trace it urgently.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail, who has been leading enquiries at the scene today, said: “First of all I would like to thank the local community for your assistance so far. Crimes of this nature are extremely rare in such a quiet village and I really appreciate your patience and cooperation while we’ve carried our enquiries out.
“I would also like to thank those who took it upon themselves to capture footage at the scene during the break-in. I would never, ever encourage anyone to put themselves in harm’s way however I must commend the brave attempt of one woman in particular who put her own safety to one side to take pictures of the incident taking place. From reviewing the footage available to us I don’t believe that those involved in this crime intended on causing any harm to a person, however this lady wasn’t to know this at the time. I am just extremely thankful that no one was injured."
DI McPhail added: “I continue to appeal to anyone with information relating to this incident either before, during or afterwards to get in touch as soon as possible if you haven’t spoken to the Police yet. We are particularly interested in establishing the movements of a gold Chrysler and dark Galaxy people carrier aswell as receiving any information about the individuals involved.
“Some degree of planning and organisation obviously went into committing this crime, however the resulting attempt was crude. While our investigation continues I would ask all retailers who have ATM machines not to panic but to use this as an opportunity to ensure you have appropriate security measures in place. The North East is a low crime area but it doesn’t mean criminals won’t come into our communities and take advantage of the law-abiding people who live and work in them. Please be vigilant and contact Police Scotland if you want more advice on protecting your business by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“Anyone with information in relation to this particular incident should contact Police quoting ref. no. 0184 of February 28 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain completely anonymous. Help us to keep the people in our communities safe by reporting anything you see that is suspicious or unusual.”