Cash­point stolen as town is hit by dou­ble raid

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­ @KarenBrit­ton1

THIEVES stole a cash ma­chine from a shop and threat­ened bank staff dur­ing two ter­ri­fy­ing raids in the town.

Brazen of­fend­ers broke into the Co-op on Ivy Road, the We­ston, and stole an ATM from in­side.

Then two days later of­fend­ers forced their way into the Royal Bank of Scot­land at Park Green and threat­ened staff with a chisel or screw­driver be­fore steal­ing cash.

Po­lice are not con­nect­ing the two in­ci­dents but have ap­pealed for the public to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion to catch the of­fend­ers.

Insp Steve Griffiths said: “De­tec­tives are work­ing tire­lessly to find those re­spon­si­ble and are ex­plor­ing all lines of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact us to help us get jus­tice for the vic­tims.”

In the first in­ci­dent at the Co-op on Wed­nes­day, April 29, the dar­ing of­fend­ers forced en­try into the Co-op store at around 3am.

They hauled out the cash ma­chine from within the store be­fore flee­ing in a Black Range Rover Dis­cov­ery up Daw­son Road.

The ve­hi­cle is be­lieved to have been dam­aged dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing metal shut­ters at the front of the shop bent up af­ter the in­ci­dent. A spokesman for Co-op­er­a­tive Food said there was ‘ex­ten­sive dam­age’.

She added: “An in­ci­dent took place at our store in the early hours of the morn­ing while the store was closed for the night.

“CCTV footage has been shared with the po­lice, who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and we ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.”

On Fri­day, May 1, men hid­ing their faces with ban­danas forced their way into the Royal Bank of Scot­land on Park Green.

It was closed to the public but staff were on the premises. It is be­lieved three men forced their way into the rear of the bank.

One of them was bran­dish­ing a chisel or a screw­driver. They stole cash from the tills be­fore mak­ing off.

Po­lice were called to the scene at around 9.50am. The men were wear­ing dark cloth­ing and white or light coloured gloves.

Steve Joyce, from Macclesfield CID, said: “It was a scary ex­pe­ri­ence for the staff. They were not in­jured but were shaken.

“We want to hear from any­one in the area at the time. It was a busy time near a busy junc­tion and we hope some­one saw some­thing.”

Call po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 54 of April 29 and in­ci­dent 227 of May 1.

A dam­aged shut­ter af­ter the Co-op raid and the RBS branch in Park Green which was also hit in a sep­a­rate theft two days later

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