Gang steal shop's cash machine

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Police are hunting thieves who broke into a convenience store and stole a cash machine.

Three men forced the door of the One Stop Community Stores in Runnymede Road, Yeovil, Somerset, in the early hours.

They loaded the store's free-standing cash machine on to a trolley and wheeled it outside before loading it on to the back of a waiting Mitsubishi Shogun.

Avon and Somerset Police have appealed for information about the burglary, which took place at around 4.30am.

A force spokesman said: "Three men in dark tracksuits, wearing hoods or scarves to mask their faces, forced the front door and wheeled the free-standing cash machine out on a trolley.

"They loaded it on to the back of the 4x4 and drove off towards Lyde Road.

"The burnt-out vehicle and the damaged ATM were found in a field in West Mudford at 7am. It is not believed the machine contained any money.

"Detectives say a car was seen to drive past on Runnymede Road at around 4.30am and they are appealing for that driver to contact them."

Anyone with information is asked to call Yeovil District Targeting Team on 101.

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