POLICE Scotland are investigating two attempted break-ins to ATM machines in Inverurie and Stonehaven that took place on Monday (October 28).
The first incident occurred at the Clydesdale Bank on Ann Street, Stonehaven, at around 3.40am on Monday, followed by an attempt at the Bank of Scotland on Constitution Street, Inverurie, at around 6.50am also on Monday.
Police say they are keeping an “open mind” as to whether the attempts are linked to a series of incidents involving ATM’s across the North-east, and that a dedicated team of detectives are investigating the spate of incidents.
Detective Inspector Graeme Mackie, who is leading the enquiry, said: “We are investigating two separate reports of attempted thefts of ATM machines in Stonehaven and Inverurie. At this stage we continue to keep an open mind regarding these recent crimes being linked with the previous ATM crimes, however we have a dedicated team of detectives who are investigating all of the ATM crimes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
“This team is complemented by high visibility patrols which are being carried out within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire specifically for these crimes. We are also working closely with our colleagues in the Merseyside area - who have been investigating similar crimes - to establish who is responsible for these incidents and whether they are linked.
“I want to appeal to members of the public to contact police with any information they believe could be relevant to our enquiries. Local residents are also urged to report any suspicious activity they see during the evenings and night time to police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.