Smash and grab thieves raid supermarket in Carnforth before crashing getaway car and dumping loot

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A supermarket in Carnforth has been raided overnight with thieves stealing a cash machine from the store.


Five men in dark clothing forced their way into Booths in Scotland Road at around 1am this morning (Thursday, April 4).

Thieves raided the Booths supermarket in Scotland Road, Carnforth at 1.15am on Thursday, April 4.

Thieves raided the Booths supermarket in Scotland Road, Carnforth at 1.15am on Thursday, April 4.

They managed to remove a cash machine from inside the store and flee with it in a 4x4 vehicle with a trailer.

But the thieves were forced to abandon their loot after they crashed their getaway car moments later on the A6.

The vehicle was later found crashed and abandoned nine miles away on the A6 in the Heversham area of Cumbria.

The cash machine was recovered from the road close to the vehicle.

Nobody has been arrested at this stage and police enquiries are ongoing.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We were called at 1.16am today (April 4) to reports of a burglary at Booths supermarket on Scotland Road in Carnforth.

"It was reported that entry had been forced to the shop and that offenders had left with a cash machine from inside the building.

"The cash machine was later found in the road close to a crashed and abandoned vehicle on the A6."

DC Jill Neil of Lancaster CID added: “If you have any information, particularly any CCTV or dash cam footage that could assist our investigation, please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 59 of 4 April.