Cash machine thieves at large

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Police Scotland is making inquiries after it appears that thieves who targeted a Kirriemuir bank machine have also been at work in Friockheim.

Officers are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a five-figure sum of cash from an ATM (automated teller machine) at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank Street, Kirriemuir, that happened at about 4.50 a.m. on Saturday, December 20.

Officers investigating the incident are also carrying out inquires into a report of an attempted theft at the ATM at the Co-op in Gardyne Street, Friockheim, that happened earlier the same morning, at about 3.20 a.m.

Both incidents are thought to be connected.

Police are particularly keen to trace three men wearing dark clothing, who were travelling in a blue BMW 1 series car, registration number YE63 BPZ that was seen in the area of Friockheim at the time.

The BMW appears to have been in the Angus area for a number of hours during the morning in question (Saturday, December 20).

The vehicle is known to have passed through Dundee in the Claverhouse Road area, and was last seen heading southwards on the A90 near to Longforgan.

During their inquiry into the reported incidents, police officers recovered empty cash machine cassettes on the A928, Kirriemuir to Glamis road.

Anyone who may have seen the BMW car or the occupants in Angus or Dundee or anyone who has CCTV relative to the areas described above is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.

If you wish to remain anonymous contact can be made with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.