A cash machine at Brightlingsea CO-OP was stolen in the early morning in a ram-raid on the front of the building.
A representative from the East of England Co-operative said that the theft happened around 2am this morning. He believes that thieves stole an excavator owned by Case Plant Hire from a nearby field and then drove it it to the site. They then used it to smash open the front of the building. Police helicopters were scrambled to the area in search of the thieves.
“It’s the extent that some people will go to to steal money” said the man.
Police have now arrested a man in connection with the theft.
Police are on scene and carrying out investigations. There appears to be extensive damage to the front of the building with brickwork demolished, roofing damaged and no sign of the cash machine. Anyone with any information should contact Essex Police on 101 or can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
0330 30th August. Brightlingsea. Assisting @EssexPoliceUK with a search for suspects. Enquiries continuing
— NPAS Wattisham (@NPAS_Wattisham) August 30, 2016