Police investigating a ram raid which saw a gang make off with a cash machine are hunting for a white van.
Officers are investigating whether the transit-style vehicle was involved in the break-in at the Scotmid store in Torphins in the early hours of February 28.
As reported in later editions of yesterday’s Evening Express, officers renewed their appeal for information one week on from the incident.
Three men are wanted in connection with the attempted theft and several vehicles are already known to have been used, including a Manitou telehandler, a Chrysler, a Mini and a Ford.
The ATM was found abandoned and no money was taken.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail said: “We believe the individuals involved had been in the north-east in the days leading up to the break-in at Torphins.
“Therefore we are extremely keen to hear from people who have information in relation to the vehicles mentioned, regardless of the date.
“In addition I would also ask anyone who saw a white transit-style van in the Torphins area in the days – or weeks – leading up to the break-in to get in touch.
“We have received some reports of some unusual activity in the area involving a vehicle of this type so it is a line of inquiry we must pursue.”
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A community leader has also urged anyone with information to get in touch with police.
Councillor Peter Argyle said: “The community has responded pretty positively already and have been assisting police in any way they can.
“It’s been quite a shocking thing for Torphins and if anyone has information about what happened I would encourage them to come forward.
“If anyone has seen anything leading up to the days before the incident – those involved might have been acting suspiciously – they should contact the police.”
A Scotmid Co-operative spokesman said: “We would strongly urge anybody who has any knowledge of the incident or any additional information to help Police Scotland with their investigation.”