Published: 15:26, 11 January 2021
| Updated: 15:28, 11 January 2021
A gang used a crowbar and sledgehammer to smash their way into a bank in Tonbridge High Street, in the second of three attempted cash machine thefts in less than a week.
Police are linking the offences.
On Friday, January 8, at around 2.30am it was reported that at least three people tried to force entry to a cash machine inside a Nationwide Building Society in Commercial Road, Paddock Wood.
The suspects left empty handed in the direction of Maidstone Road.
The next day, also at around 2.30am, an HSBC bank was targeted in Tonbridge High Street. It is reported four people wearing hooded tops used a crowbar and a sledgehammer to smash through a door.
Once inside they tried to force open a cash machine. No money was stolen and the suspects fled on foot.
A third offence was reported at 2.25am this morning, when an entrance to a Nationwide branch in Tenterden High Street was forced.
Unsuccessful attempts were again made to steal from a cash machine inside the building. The suspects left the scene and no money was stolen.
Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries, including forensic analysis of the crime scenes.
Residents are asked to check any doorbell cameras or CCTV systems which may have important footage.
Drivers are also urged to review dashcams they may have which could assist the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/5071/21. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by using the online form.