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Thief attempts to steal ATM after ram-raid in Thornton

Main Street, Thornton Image copyright Google

A thief who attempted to steal an ATM after ram-raiding a shop in Fife is being sought by police.

Officers received a call from a member of the public at about 02:15 after a silver Ford Transit flatbed van was deliberately reversed into the Co-op store on Main Street, Thornton.

A man was seen running off from the shop after unsuccessfully trying to steal the cash machine.

Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing and appealed for witnesses.

Det Insp Paul Dick, of Police Scotland, said: "While this has been an unsuccessful attempt to steal the ATM, it has caused considerable damage to the building, which will require to be checked to see if it is structurally sound.

"This is a serious and brazen crime, which will have an impact on the entire community of Thornton and will unfortunately cause disruption to local businesses and members of the public whilst we carry out a detailed examination of the scene.

"As part of this investigation we have established that the vehicle involved had previously been stolen from Station Road, Thornton, which is a short distance away from the shop.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Thornton area during Tuesday evening or the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is also believed that the people involved left the area in another unidentified vehicle."

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