Stonehaven ATM targeted by criminals

The attempted break in of the ATM happened early Monday morning
The attempted break in of the ATM happened early Monday morning

Stonehaven became the latest town to be hit with a raid on a cash machine following an attempted break-in on Monday morning.

Police Scotland confirmed that they were investigating two attempted break-ins to ATM machines in Stonehaven and Inverurie.

Police have also confirmed that they are working with police in Merseyside who have been dealing with crimes of the same nature.

The incident occurred at the Clydesdale Bank in Ann Street, Stonehaven, at around 3.40am on Monday - just 50 yards from the Mearns Leader office. The Inverurie incident took place at the Bank of Scotland in the town’s Constitution Street at around 6.50am on the same day.

Officers and a forensic team were seen at the ATM in Ann Street hours after the attempted break-in took place.

Police Scotland announced last week that a dedicated team of detectives had been formed to probe the series of cash machine raids and robberies in the area following an incident in the early hours of last Friday morning in which damage was caused to a cash machine in Market Street in Ellon.

Detective Inspector Graeme Mackie, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We are investigating two separate reports of attempted thefts of ATM machines in Stonehaven and Inverurie.

“At this stage we continue to keep an open mind regarding these recent crimes being linked with the previous ATM crimes, however we have a dedicated team of detectives who are investigating all of the ATM crimes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

“This team is complemented by high visibility patrols which are being carried out within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire specifically for these crimes.

“We are also working closely with our colleagues in the Merseyside area - who have been investigating similar crimes - to establish who is responsible for these incidents and whether they are linked.

“I want to appeal to members of the public to contact police with any information they believe could be relevant to our enquiries. Local residents are also urged to report any suspicious activity they see during the evenings and night time to police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.