Bosham Cooperative, near Chichester, attacked by rams and ATM stolen

A GROUP of men in balaclavas robbed a Co-op store in the early hours before escaping using the store’s ATM.

It took the group of about “four or five men” about 20 minutes to use a forklift to breach the store’s security barriers.

The burglary happened around 3am this morning at Station Road, Bosham, near Chichester.

A witness described the sound of “metal crunching” as the forklift slammed into the store non-stop.

The Argus: An ATM has been stolen from The Co-opAn ATM was stolen from the co-op

The ATM was yanked from the co-op with a chain before being pushed into a blue pickup truck, which sped away.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, I just couldn’t believe it. The sound was just another level, the crunch of metal.

“We thought it was a spreader, looked out the front window and saw this JCB just slamming forward and backward into the Co-op.

“There were people screaming, all I could hear was an Irish accent and an alarm going off. Then three vehicles appeared, one is said to have been a black Mitsubishi.

The Argus: The front of the storeThe front of the store

“We called the police and they said they had numerous calls. The incident lasted 20 minutes but felt like hours.

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

“One of the men rounded them up, they were like an army. He yelled over the sound of the JCB and the alarm.

The Argus: roadblock by the policePolice roadblock

“I think there were about four or five men.

“They had a big chain, you could hear them hooking it up to the ATMs. There was so much noise, I’ve never experienced anything like it.

“The forklift can’t have come from far, they’re going about five miles an hour. They all raced, it was definitely organized.”

The blue pickup truck used to remove the ATM was found abandoned on Sheepwash Lane in East Lavant.

Three men loaded the ATM into the pickup, according to Sussex Police.

An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with relevant information or footage can apply online or by calling 101 quoting serial number 161 dated 09/24. Report. Bosham Cooperative, near Chichester, attacked by rams and ATM stolen

Fry Electronics Team

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