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September 22, 2014

Attempt theft of cash point machine from village store in Elstead

A village store in Elstead was targeted by thieves this morning (Monday, 22 September) when an attempt to steal a cash point machine was made.
The incident happened when three men forced their way into The Spar store on The Green, Elstead at around 4.30am and attached straps to the stand alone cash facility. The suspects then connected the straps to a silver and maroon Mitsubishi Shogun and tried to get away with the machine. The straps snapped and the offenders, who all had their faces covered and wore gloves, made off in the vehicle.
As a result of the failed smash and grab, one of the doors at the store was ripped off its hinges.
Detectives in Waverley are appealing for anyone who may have seen the Mitsubishi in or around the vicinity of the offence. DC Mike Taylor investigating said: "This was an audacious attempt to steal a cash machine and I am hoping there may be someone who may have seen the suspects and the vehicle involved maybe someone out on a milk round or a shift worker on their way home might have seen something which struck them as suspicious.
Please call Surrey Police with information.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tom Budd said: "This offence will come as a shock to the community and will mean that a much used facility is out of action causing hardship for customers and the shop itself. Residents can be assured that officers are doing everything possible to locate the offenders and bring them to justice.
A vehicle believed to be the one involved in the offence has since been recovered in the Hartley Witney area of Berkshire. Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140079811 or by using the online reporting system found at http://www.surrey.police.uk/. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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