Police are investigating a potential link after ATMs were targeted at three Aldi branches in the Bristol region.
The latest attempted theft happened in the early hours of today (Monday, May 10) at the supermarket chain’s store in Clevedon, which has been closed all morning and cordoned off by police.
Police and fire crews descended on the branch at 12.30am after “offenders forced entry and attempted to break into the ATM”.
The attempt, understood to be unsuccessful, is the latest of several ATM raids recorded in and around Bristol in the past six months.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The ATM has been fire damaged but the attempt is thought to have been unsuccessful.
“Officers are investigating possible links with recent ATM theft attempts in Thornbury and Henbury.”
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In February thieves made off with cash from the Thornbury branch in Aldi after the ATM there was “attacked”.
It came after a similar incident in November at the Aldi branch in Henbury, although nothing was taken on that occasion.
A wave of ATM thefts have been reported around the UK in recent years, prompting a Crimestoppers campaign that highlighted the impact on communities.
A range of methods have been used in a bid to break the machines free, from gas explosions to ‘smash and grab’ thefts using forklift trucks.
Some supermarkets have even sought to install barriers or bollards to prevent ram-raiding.
Aldi declined to comment on this morning’s incident.
Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference 5221101161.