Bedfordshire Police is investigating a ram raid at the Coop store in Cranfield.
A member of the public called to report damage to the front of the store at around 1.40am Friday, 4 August.
Officers attended the store within 10 minutes and discovered a cash machine had been stolen.
The break-in caused extensive damage to the front of the store. A four-by-four vehicle was abandoned at the scene.
An investigation into the incident has been launched.
The Post Office, which is part of the store, will also be closed until further notice. Royal Mail deliveries may also be affected.
A police spokesperson said:
“We would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, to contact police on 101 quoting the reference 25 of today (4 August).”
Bedfordshire Police has the following advice to local businesses
- Ensure all windows and doors are locked that are not in use and all secured at the end of the working day.
- Try to block any main access points from the road. For example if your shop is located on a high street, try to ensure a vehicle is parked outside.
- If there is a car park for the location, explore whether this can be blocked off in any way after the hours of business
- If you do have an ATM machine, ensure it is highly secured and in a position that is not easy to access. Ensure it is covered by CCTV.
- Do you have anti-ram bollards installed? Although there may be cost implications initially, this could be a lot less than the repair and recovery cost.
- Ensure that your alarm is in full working order.
- Ensure that your CCTV system is in full working order and that the camera lenses are not obscured by cobwebs or overgrown greenery.
- Make it obvious that CCTV is monitoring by displaying bright signage both internally and externally.
- Speak to any neighbouring properties; ensure they call the police if anything suspicious is seen.