Police today made a fresh appeal for information to catch a gang of cash machine ram raiders.
Officers were alerted to the incident at the Scotmid store on Craigour Road in Torphins at around 1.30am last Thursday.
Several positive lines of inquiry are currently being pursued by officers, who today thanked the public for the information received so far.
A red Manitou telehandler, which had been stolen from a building site earlier that night, was abandoned at the scene during the incident.
Three other vehicles believed to have been used – a dark Ford Galaxy, a gold Chrysler Voyager and a blue Mini One – were also recovered as well as the ATM machine.
No money was taken.
The Mini was discovered on a residential street in Forfar, around 50 miles away.
Detective Inspector Fionnuala McPhail said the search for the criminals is extending in the direction of Forfar.
She 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.
“Do you remember seeing a dark Ford Galaxy, a gold Chrysler Voyager or a blue Mini One?
“The three men involved are described as being in their late 20s to mid 30s and were wearing dark clothing.
“Please call 101 quoting ref. no. 0184 of February 28 or you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain completely anonymous.”
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She added: “One week on I would like to thank the local community once again for your patience and support.
“I know it will be concerning that a crime like this should happen in such a quiet village, however I must stress that we are fortunate to live in an extremely low crime area.
“I would continue to ask people living in rural communities to ensure you have appropriate security measures in place to protect your valuables after some of the vehicles used in this incident were stolen from properties in the area earlier that night.
“Please contact Police Scotland if you want more advice on protecting your business or valuables by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org”