MORE than £10,000 was stolen during an ATM raid at a North-east supermarket, the Evening Express can today reveal.
A “low five-figure” sum was taken from the cash machine at the Co-op store in Kingswells, a Police Scotland spokeswoman said.
Police also today said it was too early to say if the Kingswells raid, which took place at around 1am yesterday, was connected to a series of recent ATM thefts.
Detective Chief Inspector Alex Dowall said: “At this early stage we are also unable to say how many people were involved in the incident.
“It’s a very low level of crime area and it’s very unusual to have a crime of this nature in the North-east, which is predominantly one of the safest areas in the country to live in.
“These type of incidents have a greater effect in our communities because of the low level of crime.”
Kingswells Community Council member Trevor Rosbrook said the raid was shocking.
He added: “Kingswells is pretty quiet, there is a bit of speeding and small disturbances but nothing on this scale.”
Gretel Nethercott, 27, who lives nearby, added: “It’s quite scary that a break-in has happened so close to my house.
“We weren’t going to install an alarm but my in-laws told me to, which I am glad we did now. We only moved here five months ago and we haven’t heard of any break-ins.”