Stolen digger used in Three Mile Cross garage robberyBy Laura McCardle
June 22, 2012
Thieves drove a stolen digger into the front of a petrol station in Three Mile Cross in the early hours of this morning before making off with an ATM machine.
The JCB, believed to have been taken from a nearby building site, was rammed into the BP garage in Basingstoke Road at around 3am, causing considerable damage to the building.
Brian Powles, of Old Grazely Road, was at The Swan Inn, opposite the garage, with friends last night.
He said: "The friend I was walking home with, Howard Rogers, was woken up at 3am with lots of banging and shouting.
"They drove through the back of the garage on the building site side."
The thieves left the scene in a silver BMW and a white flatbed lorry, which were later abandoned in Bramshill, Hampshire. The lorry had been burnt out.
No arrests have been made yet.
Det Sgt Carl Bradford, investigating officer, said: "There has been a huge amount of damage caused to the BP garage and there would have been a great deal of noise caused during the incident, so I am appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
"I am also looking to speak to anyone with information about the theft of the two vehicles which the offenders made off in, or anyone who saw the vehicles following the incident in the Berkshire or Hampshire areas."
If you have any information, call the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.