Four men wearing balaclavas are suspected of carrying out the Bolnore village ram raid in the early hours this morning (Monday, February 4).
The attack was carried out within sight and sound of dozens of surrounding homes at the Co-operative Food Store in the heart of the village, near Haywards Heath, at 12.25am.
Sussex Police have been at the scene all day and have now revealed that two vehicles were used to break into the Co-Op store and steal a Santander ATM from inside.
Det Con Penny Furtado from West Sussex CID said: “We are grateful to local residents who heard suspicious noises and called 999. Unfortunately, the suspects had fled the scene with the contents of the cash machine when officers arrived.
“Local enquiries are on-going and CCTV from the store and surrounding area is currently being viewed.
“I would appeal to anyone who has information no matter how relevant they think it is to please get in touch. You can call 101 quoting serial 14 of 4 or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.”
Det Con Furtado said it is believed four men wearing balaclavas carried out the robbery using a Cherokee Jeep and a flat bed van.
Nearby residents, whose homes surround the shop, heard noises and dialled 999.
Bolnore village, which has been built post 2000 with several thousand homes, is designed to be like a village with narrow, twisting roads which making driving fast very difficult.
Police have not yet revealed how the thieves made their escape or what route they took.
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