Vehicle linked to cash machine raid at north-east shop recovered in Forfar

A blue Mini One has been recovered following a break-in at a store in a north-east village.

The culprits left a trail of wreckage in their wake after they used a stolen forklift to rip the cash machine off the wall of the Scotmid grocers on Criaigour Road in Torphins at around 1.30am yesterday morning.

An appeal to trace the vehicle was issued yesterday by police and officers have now recovered it in Forfar, on a residential street.

Extensive inquiries continue into the incident in the north-east and now Forfar areas.

Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail said: “I would first of all like to thank everyone who has been in touch to provide information in relation to this inquiry – your help and support has been invaluable.

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Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail.

“Our inquiries continue and I would once again appeal to anyone who has information about the movements of the vehicles we believe to have been involved to let us know as soon as possible.

“In addition to the Mini this includes a dark Ford Galaxy, a gold Chrysler Voyager and a red Manitou telehandler which was stolen from a nearby farm prior to the break-in taking place.

“The Mini recovered has obviously been taken from outwith the north-east area in the direction of Forfar which means I must extend my appeal to members of the public in other parts of Scotland.”