THIEVES ripped a cash machine out of a wall at a Lancaster supermarket and drove it away.
But their efforts were in vain - the machine had no money in it.
Police are appealing for information after the incident at a about 11.25pm on Sunday,
Two vehicles approached the Booths supermarket on Hala Road, a number of people got out and smashed the glass surrounding the cash machine before attaching a rope or strap to it, pulling it entirely out of the frame.
They have then made off with the cash machine in what has been described as a white Transit van and a hatchback type vehicle.
Detective Sergeant Colin Forsyth said: “This offence shows some degree of planning and determination and the offenders were clearly intent on getting away with this cash machine; unfortunately for them, it didn’t contain any money at the time.
“We would appeal for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity or similar vehicles in the area around the time of the offence, or anybody who has information regarding this incident, to contact police.”
Anybody with any information should contact police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.