Cash machine robbed in ramraid on village Co-op
Masked thieves drive 4x4 into front of store in shocking incident
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.