Man arrested for Tesco ram raid

A 28-year-old male suspected of being behind a ram raid, in which two cash machines were stolen from a Kent branch of Tesco, has been arrested by police.

Local police were dispatched to the Tesco on Pembury Road at 3am on the morning of 8th August. Upon their arrival at the scene, they were confronted with an abandoned JCB tractor, which had earlier been stolen, and a large hole in the wall where the two cash machines had been removed.

The JCB is thought to have been stolen from Notcutts – a garden centre which is located directly opposite the Tesco store. The hedge of the garden centre was found in a sorry state, with a large hole just about the size of a digger running through it.

Police officers conducted a thorough search of the area and were able to recover two cars and a truck, which are thought to have been involved in the incident. The two stolen cash machines were later found abandoned near Marden.

Speaking about the crime, DI Darren Reynolds said:

“The cash machines are still being subjected to forensic analysis but it appears their contents have not been extracted by the thieves.”

The suspect, who is from the Maidstone area, has been released on bail until 19th September.

Local businesses are advised to take measures to prevent similar ram raids from occurring. Roller shutters, window bars and steel doors are just some of the security measures which could help prevent thefts.

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