Another shop smashed in early morning raid as burglars try to steal cash machine

The Premier store in Felpham, Bognor, that was burgled last night. Inset, the Co-op in Bosham ram raided
The Premier store in Felpham, Bognor, that was burgled last night. Inset, the Co-op in Bosham ram raided

ANOTHER shop was raided in the early hours of the morning.

Police could be seen outside the Premier convenience store in Wood Hill Way, Felpham in Bognor, today.

The front doors are jarred open and a cash machine can be seen on the floor outside the shop.

Police say a black pick-up truck reversed up to the shop where three men attached towing ropes to the front door.

The Argus: The Co-op in Bosham that was also ram raided
The Argus: The Co-op in Bosham that was also ram raided

The Co-op in Bosham that was also ram raided

The truck was then driven forward to force the door open.

A witness said the cash machine taken from the shop fell off the pick-up truck as it was driven away.

Debris can also be seen on the floor as well as a commercial freezer for ice cream.

The incident comes as a Co-op store in Bosham, near Chichester, was also ram raided with a forklift at around 3am last night.

Men in balaclavas were seen ramming the Co-op and stole the cash machine from the store.

The Argus: A forklift was used to break into the Co-op
The Argus: A forklift was used to break into the Co-op

A forklift was used to break into the Co-op

No arrests have been made for that burglary.

Police did confirm if this incident is linked with the Co-op burglary.

A witness to the Bosham ram raid said she had never seen anything like it before.

The witness added: “The noise was just another level, the sound of metal crunching.

“They got the ATM and there was a massive crash as they dropped it into one of the vehicles then sped off. Then about two minutes later, the police sped after them.

“They had a big chain, you could hear them connecting it up to the ATM. There was so much noise, I have never experienced anything like it.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Police received a report that a convenience store in Bognor was burgled in the early hours of Saturday September 24.

"It appears they tried to make off from the scene with the cash machine but witnesses state this fell from the pick-up truck as it was driven away.

"Anyone with relevant information or footage is asked to report online, or call 101, quoting serial 131 of 24/09."