Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and attempted theft in the city centre.
The incident happened around 3.30am on Thursday 17th May at the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Shandwick Place.
Three men wearing balaclavas were seen to exit a dark-coloured Audi Q5 and force entry to the store before removing the ATM from the external wall.
Members of the public contacted officers, who responded to the area and found the ATM laying in the roadway.
The suspects are reported to have made off towards the West End in the Audi, which is believed to have been the same car stolen from Inchkeith Crescent, Kirkcaldy on Tuesday 15th May.
Inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Detective Inspector Graham Grant, who is in charge of the Community Investigation Unit, said: “While the men were successful in gaining entry to the shop, they have been unable to steal the ATM and have left it in the street before making their escape.
“We are continuing our liaison with the store, but it appears nothing has been stolen at this time.
“This is the latest incident involving the stolen Audi from Kirkcaldy and officers from Fife, Midlothian and Edinburgh are all working together to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.
“If you have any information that can assist with these ongoing inquiries then please contact police immediately.”
Those with information in relation to this incident can contact the CIU via 101 and quote incident number 364 of the 17th May. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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