Cash machine thieves target Rotherham shop for second time

A cash machine was stolen from McColl's in Rotherham overnight
A cash machine was stolen from McColl's in Rotherham overnight

A Rotherham shop has been targeted by cash machine thieves for a second time - after an ATM was ripped out of the wall overnight.

McColl's on Union Street, Harthill, is sealed off and under police guard this morning after the cash machine was stolen from the exterior wall at the front of the shop at around 12.50am.

CRIME: Stolen van stripped to its shell found at South Yorkshire scrapyard 12 hours later
Residents who reported the theft said they heard a loud explosion.

POLICE: Reconstructive surgery for man whose ear was bitten off in attack in Sheffield city centre
Three years ago, when the shop was a Co-op, thieves attempted to steal the cash machine after smashing a number of vehicles into the wall to dislodge it.

They failed and fled the scene.

READ MORE: Motive for murder of young Sheffield dad not yet revealed
In May, thieves stole a cash machine from the Co-op petrol station, Worksop Road, Aston, after driving a JCB into the wall and ripping the ATM out.

Last December, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, revealed officers were investigating 25 cash machine thefts at that time - five raids in South Yorkshire, 11 in West Yorkshire, five in Humberside and four in North Yorkshire since July 2017.

On each occasion crooks either used plant machinery to demolish walls and rip the machines out or they caused an explosion with a flammable gas to access them.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.