Thieves stole a 4x4 vehicle and used it to drag a cash machine out of a service station in the Filey area, police said today.
Detectives believe two men pulled up outside Primrose Valley Garage, on Primrose Valley Road, Primrose Valley in a red Nissan X-Trail vehicle and one smashed the glass door of the garage with a large stone to gain entry into the building.
The suspect tied a rope to the cash machine inside which was then pulled out through the glass door onto the forecourt by the man driving the Nissan X-Trail. They lifted the cash machine into the boot of the vehicle and drove off towards Hunmanby village.
North Yorkshire Police say the incident happened at 2.49am on May 7. The Nissan X-Trail was found abandoned at 4.52am by Humberside Police on Argam Lane, Melton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Detectves believe they continued their get-away in another vehicle towards Burton Fleming Road.
The Nissan X-Trail had been stolen from outside a house in Staxton prior to the cash machine raid.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Extensive inquiries are ongoing to locate the men involved in this incident with support from police in Humberside and South Yorkshire. Even the smallest level of detail could prove vital to the investigating officers, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.”
The man who entered the garage had his face covered with a balaclava and he was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a black top. The driver of the stolen X-Trail appears to have a shaven or bald head.
Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.