Two men have been charged in connection with an ATM raid in Torphins.
The two, aged 26 and 32 and from the Durham area, were expected to appear in Aberdeen Sheriff Court today.
A heavy-duty forklift was used in an alleged raid on the Scotmid shop in the town on February 28.
Police launched a major investigation into the crime, with multiple appeals made in the hopes of catching the culprits, who were filmed by a witness.
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A section of the B993 Kincardine O’Neill to Torphins road was closed after one of the vehicles used in the alleged raid was found abandoned.
A gold Chrysler Voyager was used to carry the ATM in the aftermath of the theft, but was found dumped on the road.
It was thought four vehicles were stolen before the incident, including the Chrysler, a blue Mini, the forklift and a Ford Galaxy, which was also found dumped on the B993.
Councillors and community leaders at the time spoke of their shock at the raid. Councillors Peter Argyle and Geva Blackett, who represent the area, urged anyone with more information make themselves known to the police.
Police were aided by the “brave” acts of a local resident, who took photos.
The incident was described as having “some level of organisation” by Detective Inspector Finnoula McPhail.