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ATMs targeted in Lancaster

Booths, Hala Road

[D]etectives are investigating two ATM burglaries in Lancaster.

The first incident happened on Hala Road at the Booths supermarket at around 2am this morning (Thursday, May 24th) when it’s believed offenders have tried to drag an ATM out through a window at the rear of the store with the assistance of a Land Rover and some straps. It is not clear at this time how much cash they got away with.

After around 10 minutes, the thieves were disturbed and made off from the area.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a Land Rover, a silver Volvo estate and a dark Fiesta-type vehicle in the area at the time.

DI Steve Harry from Lancaster Police said: “We are still in the very early stages of our investigation and need anyone who may have witnessed these cars either acting suspiciously or driving at speed in the build-up or after the burglary to come forward.

“Similarly, if you have any information that could assist us with our investigation, please speak to us.”

It is thought that the burglary is linked to a second similar incident at the BP fuel station on Scotforth Road, Lancaster where another cash machine was targeted around the same time. The offenders have again tried to steal the ATM but made off without any money.

Anyone with information about these incidents can call 01524 596466 or if you fail to get an answer, Lancashire Police on 101, quoting incident reference 114 of May 24th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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