The Spar store at Chagford, on Dartmoor, has been extensively damaged following an attempted ram-raid in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Devon & Cornwall Police report that at around 03:45, burglars used a stolen P-registered red Landrover TDI, from nearby Moretonhampstead to force entry through the frontage of The Spar Shop, The Square, Chagford.
Once in the store they used the vehicle to remove a cash point machine from the premises. They left the scene and abandoned the vehicle in nearby farm buildings. Police have indicated that their crime was unsuccessful, as the machine held only a small amount of money. However, the impact on the local community is significant and the damage to the business premises is extensive.
Police believe three people were directly involved with the burglary. Their identities at this stage are unknown. The vehicle has been recovered and enquiries are ongoing at every level utilising CCTV, witnesses and police scientific resources.
The Police are keen to speak to anyone who can assist with the enquiry. In particular, detectives would like to speak to anyone who has seen suspicious behaviour in relation to the location and the recovered vehicle. Police are asking the public to be vigilant and mindful that criminals who employ such tactics may assess many locations and vehicles prior to picking their ultimate target. Therefore, all suspicious behaviour around such vehicles and outlets may be of interest.
Anyone with information can contact Devon & Cornwall Police by dialling 101.