Cash ma­chine robbed in ram­raid on village Co-op

Masked thieves drive 4x4 into front of store in shock­ing in­ci­dent

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A 4x4 ve­hi­cle was driven into the build­ing in High Street at around 11.30pm on Wed­nes­day last week.

Po­lice be­lieve four to six masked raiders were in­volved and have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward. The in­ci­dent is be­ing linked to two sim­i­lar of­fences over the last few weeks.

Cas­settes con­taing cash were re­moved from the ATM ma­chine but the ma­chine it­self was left be­hind.

A ve­hi­cle be­lieved to have been in­volved in the crime was re­cov­ered a short time later from nearby Chesham Road and is be­ing foren­si­cally ex­am­ined.

The raiders are thought to have made their get­away in a dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle – pos­si­bly a black Audi.

The Co-op was closed on Thurs­day of last week but re-opened to cus­tomers on Fri­day.

A spokesman for Co-op said: “I can con­firm an at­tempted rob­bery took place at our High Street, Chal­font St Giles store on Wed­nes­day April 20 while the store was closed.

“The store re­opened on Fri­day, and we apol­o­gise to the com­mu­nity for any in­con­ve­nience caused. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and we ap­peal for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.”

An­drew Crad­dock, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Buck­ing­hamshire Build­ing So­ci­ety next door to the Co op, said: “I’m ap­palled that this sort of thing can hap­pen in Chal­font St Giles.

“The first we knew was when we ar­rived for work and staff couldn’t get in be­cause of the cor­don.

“I was ab­so­lutely shocked. It’s not the sort of thing that nor­mally hap­pens in this quiet lit­tle village.”

Gil­lian Thorpe, who lives in Kirby Close, said: “I shop there quite a lot. I’m quite heart­bro­ken; it’s dev­as­tat­ing know­ing it’s been done.

“It’s not on. Peo­ple move here be­cause they like the village and there’s no crime but things like that, it’s go­ing to put peo­ple off com­ing here.”

Sue Dor­man, sec­re­tary of the youth club, added: “It’s out­ra­geous. How can they just come and take it? These peo­ple are not nice. “It’s very de­press­ing.” Det Con Antony Mee, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, said: “Thank­fully, no­body was in­jured dur­ing the pre­planned crime although ex­ten­sive dam­age has been caused and cash stolen.

“I am ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses who may have seen or heard what hap­pened to con­tact us as a mat­ter of ur­gency. They may hold vi­tal in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist with our ongoing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact DC Mee via the non-emer­gency tele­phone num­ber 101 or call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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