Stolen car may be connected to ATM attacks

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AT the time of going press Police investigating a spate of attacks on ATM machines in Aberdeenshire have recovered a vehicle which they believe is linked to the crimes.

Police have now confirmed that they have recovered a white Audi S3 - which was previously reported stolen from DW Sports Fitness in Aberdeen on October 15 - in connection with the two incidents.

The vehicle, which bears the false registration plate YP59 SOJ, was found by officers in a wooded area at Tanglandford Farm in Methlick, Aberdeenshire.

Detective Inspector Graeme Mackie, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We now know that this white Audi S3 was used in the attacks on the ATMs in Inverurie and Stonehaven during the early hours of Monday, October 28.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen this car and the occupants at any time since the car was stolen on October 15, to contact us.

“Local enquires in Methlick have established that two males who spoke with a Liverpudlian accent were seen in suspicious circumstances in the village on Friday, October 25.

“Whilst it is not known if these males are connected to the recent crimes, we are keeping an open mind regarding who is responsible - and are working closely with Merseyside Police who is also investigating a series of ATM related crimes which are very similar to those that have taken place in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.

Police are investigating whether the vehicle is also linked to recent break-ins.