Ram raiders strike at Cambridgeshire Co-op and villagers believed it was coming

Ram raiders who smashed into a Co-op in Fulbourn have been branded an ‘absolute disgrace’. The thieves targeted the store in the High Street early this morning (August 31), making off with the cash point machine. Police, who have closed the road during their investigation, said three men drove away in a blue car believed to be on false plates.

Cllr Rob Dryden, Labour, who represents Cherry Hinton on Cambridge City Council, said: “This has caused real disruption to the village and has a bad effect on people who lack mobility when the store is closed for a few days. “It is an absolute disgrace and it’s the third time since I have lived here that the Co-op has been ram raided.”

The Fulbourn Co-op was left with a shattered storefront after a ram raid

A spokesman for the Cambridgeshire police said: “We were called at about 2.45am today with reports of a ram raid at the Co-op in High Street, Fulbourn. A Mitsubishi pick-up truck was used and left at the scene while three men made off in a blue car believed to be on false plates.

The cash point machine was stolen. “Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 32 of today or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Ram raiders strike at Cambridgeshire Co-op and villagers believed it was comingFulbourn Co-op ram raid

The incident comes just days after ram raiders smashed their way into a Co-op in Willingham, and residents of Fulbourn predicted the attack on their Co-op. Cllr Dryden said: “It’s strange because after the Willingham raid some of the villagers I spoke to said it will be their Co-op next.”

In the second raid on the store since July, the Co-op in Willingham was targeted by three thieves just after midnight on August 27. On July 3 this year the High Street store was targeted by baton-carrying masked thieves. The men sparked a gas alert for the whole of the village after they drove a 4×4 at the store and stole the cash machine.

The store has been a target for ram raiders with a similar attack in July 2017. A 4X4 was reversed into the front of the store in that raid, causing extensive damage but the thieves left empty handed.

Previous Fulbourn raid

Ram raiders strike at Cambridgeshire Co-op and villagers believed it was comingA car abandoned outside the store, still attached to the remnants of a cash machine

On April 6 there was an early morning ram raid at the Co-op store in Fulbourn’s High Street. Cambridgeshire police said four people in masks and dark clothing used a car to break into the front of the store.

Photos from the scene show an abandoned 4×4 still attached to a broken cash machine with a rope.

Police officers were first alerted to the ram raid around 2am and closed off the High Street until about 11 am.

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