Carnforth cash machine theft: £25,000 reward for information

Booths at Carnforth was targeted last Monday.
Booths at Carnforth was targeted last Monday.

Rewards of up to £25,000 are being offered for information about the theft of a cash machine from a Carnforth supermarket.

LINK, the company which runs the ATM network in the UK, made the pledge in partnership with charity Crimestoppers after burglars broke into Booths last week.

A spokesman said up to £25,000 could be paid out to anyone who comes forward with “any information that might help the case”.

It is part of a nationwide campaign between the two organisations to combat cash machine crime generally.

Graham Mott, senior LINK spokesman, said: “We’re urging the public to come forward with any information that they may have about cash machine crime, for example card skimming or physical attacks on cash machines themselves.

“Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable in convicting someone involved in cash machine crime.”

LINK said it was working closely with police agencies and departments, including the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, a banking industry-sponsored special unit, to support police in their fight against crime and help inform the public about how they can protect themselves.

Two people are suspected of taking the ATM from Booths on Scotland Road, Carnforth, early on Monday, January 20.

Lancashire Police said at around 6.20am staff contacted officers to report that the supermarket had been broken into and the internal ATM had been stolen overnight.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and say the offenders are known to have been in the Carnforth area from around 1am to 4.30am on the morning of the offence.

Detective Sergeant Mark Stephens, from Lancaster and Morecambe CID, said: “It is possible that the offenders have been in the area prior to 1am and I would ask members of the public if they have seen any suspicious activity overnight on 19/20 January 2014 in Carnforth to contact police.

“The offenders were wearing hoodies with their faces covered, possibly with scarves.

“It is believed that they left the scene in a light coloured Volvo estate.”

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log number LC-20140120-0143.