The scene following the theft

A cash machine has been taken in an early morning raid at a petrol station.

Thieves struck at around 1.50am this morning (Monday 1st March 2021), using a CAT digger to remove the cash machine at the Shell Lychgate filling station on the A299 near Dargate. A considerable amount of damage was caused in the process.

Once removed from the building, the cash machine was loaded onto a grey flatbed Ford Transit which is reported to have left the scene in convoy with a dark-coloured Mitsubishi Shogun.

Police believe the incident may be linked to an unsuccessful attempt to steal a cash machine from the wall of a Tesco Express store in Dymchurch on Sunday and both offences are being investigated by the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate. They ask that anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation call the appeal line on 01843 222 289 quoting reference 01-0066.