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Two more vehicles seized after ram raiders use digger to steal cash machine from Tesco in Tenterden

20 December 2012
by Danny Boyle

A cash machine stolen from Tesco in Tenterden was dumped in the car park

ATM raiders left a hole in the side of Tenterden Tesco

by Tricia Jamieson

Two more vehicles believed to have been used by ATM ram raiders have been seized by police.

The cash machine was ripped from the wall of a supermarket in Tenterden early yesterday.

A gang used a JCB digger stolen from a nearby cricket club to attack the front of the Tesco store in Smallhythe Road.

The ATM was dumped unopened in the car park, pictured below, and the digger was abandoned at the scene.

Now detectives have revealed they have also seized a red pick-up Hilux truck found in Cranbrook Road and a green Daihatsu car.

Three men are believed to have been involved in the theft, which happened at around 2.25am.

The store was closed, but night staff working inside ran outside and witnessed the raid.A cash machine stolen from Tesco in Tenterden was dumped in the car park

DC Don Share, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "The digger was stolen from the cricket club, which is close the supermarket.

"The thieves appear to have driven it up a bank and through a fence to get to the scene. In doing this they have caused a large amount of damage.
"Some witnesses filmed parts of the incident on their mobile phones and we are now examining this footage. If anyone has information that may be useful to this enquiry, please contact Kent Police."

Anyone with information is asked to phone Kent Police on 101, giving reference 20-84, or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Video: Scene of the ATM raid in Tenterden

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