Organised gang behind cash machine raid?
POLICE suspect an organised crime gang is responsible for a burglary in Kirkby Stephen on Friday, where an attempt was made to steal a cash machine.
The incident occurred at about 2-45am at the McColl’s store, Market Street.
Offenders forced entry to the store and used cargo straps attached to a stolen white Ford Transit van to remove the ATM from its fixed base, but made off without it after being disturbed.
Considerable damage was caused, but police have not yet been able to put a figure on the repair costs.
The van used in the incident was stolen from outside an address in Brough prior to the incident and has subsequently been recovered by officers.
Detective Inspector James Yallop, of Cumbria police, said: “We are appealing for anyone who has any information on this incident to get in touch in order to assist with our inquiries. At this time it is not believed that this has any connection to the Appleby horse fair.
“This incident is the latest in an ongoing organised crime trend which has occurred across the north of England. We are working closely with a number of forces to identify those responsible.”
As well as appealing for information about the incident itself, the force is also asking for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the week prior to the incident to get in touch.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, email 101cumbria.police.uk or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.