POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a forklift was stolen and used in an attempted theft of two cash machines at Peterhead’s Asda supermarket.
The red Manitou forklift was taken from a housing development on Inverugie Meadows on Thursday night.
It was found abandoned outside the Asda store on Longside Road at around 1.30am.
Police believe thieves were planning to steal two ATM machines located outside the supermarket.
Several men wearing dark hooded tops, as well as a flat-bed style lorry and a white Mini were seen in the area around the same time.
It is also suspected that a Fiat Ducato Motor Home was also being used by those responsible in the days prior to the attempted theft.
Investigating officer, Constable Wilma Ritchie, said: “I would like to hear from anybody who may have seen these vehicles either travelling together in the Mintlaw and Peterhead areas, or parked up in these areas between Tuesday, June 8 and Friday, June 10.”
Constable Ritchie added: “A silver BMW Mini was used by the culprits during this crime. The vehicle was displaying the false registration SH05 ZYO and has a black roof and black matching mirrors.
“This vehicle may well have been abandoned by the thieves following the attempted theft.
“These vehicles are thought to have been in the area for several days and I would urge anybody who has seen these or similar vehicles parked in strange areas or unusual circumstances to contact Grampian Police.”
Anyone who has any information about this incident, or who may know the identity of those responsible, is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.