Stolen Land Rover Used In Ram Raids On Three Separate Shops In Under 90 Minutes
A stolen Land Rover was used used to gain entry to three stores across Lanarkshire in the early hours of Monday morning.
A 90 minute crime spree began with the Land Rover Discovery being smashed into a Spar Shop at The Cross in Stonehouse at around 1.50am, the thieves attempted to take the cash machine, they fled the scene when they couldn’t remove the ATM from the shop.
The Discovery was then driven to Westwood Stores in Leeward Circle, East Kilbride, at around 2.50am. Using the vehicle to gain access, they got into the shop but were again unsuccessful in stealing a cash machine from the premises.
During a ram raid on a third shop at around 3.10am the Discovery was reversed through the shutters of the Pennysave Store in Udston Road, Hamilton where the thieves managed to successfully steal an ATM.
Police Officers currently investigating CCTV images from where the incidents occurred and the routes the car may have taken.
The Land Rover Discovery which had back end damage was dumped in Stoneymeadow Road, Blantyre where it had been set on fire in an attempt to destroy any evidence.
Detective inspector David Cockburn said: “Our enquiries carried out so far have revealed two men were in the car and both were wearing dark coloured clothing.
“The car sustained damage to its rear and a tail light was smashed out so I’m appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicle to contact us, perhaps you remember seeing the car damaged and the light out.
“The car is now undergoing a full examination by forensic officers and detectives will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries as part of the ongoing investigation.
“If anyone has any information or knowledge about the suspects, any of the incidents, or the car then please do contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call CID officers at Hamilton Police Office via 101. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 were information can be given anonymously.