Cash machine ripped from wall in Caistor raid
Four masked raiders ripped a cash machine from a wall then cut part of the roof off their getaway van to get it to fit inside.
Police said four people were seen trying to drag the device off the wall of the former Nat West bank in Caistor, Lincolnshire, using a fork lift truck.
They then tried to load it through the roof of the van in the Market Place at about 03:00 BST.
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
One eye witness said she was woken by the raid.
"They were in balaclavas and they seemed quite aggressive," she said.
"They were trying to definitely get the ATM machine out, they were ramming it against the wall
"It frightened me so I ran straight back in, but I could see somebody was holding some sort of weapon in their hand."
The van was later discovered on fire at a nearby farm.
It is thought at least one other vehicle was used in the raid.