Police hunt "unsuccessful and amateurish" ram raiders

This Is Wiltshire: The damaged store after the attempted ram raid on the  Katherine Park estate The damaged store after the attempted ram raid on the Katherine Park estate

Police are investigating after two men drove a van into a Co-op store in Corsham last Friday in an attempted ram raid.

A blue van stolen from the Chippenham area on Christmas Eve was reversed into the front of the store on Macie Way around 11.20pm causing considerable structural damage.

Two men are believed to have tried to steal a free-standing cash machine, but left the scene empty-handed. The van was later found ditched on the nearby Freestone Way.

Detective Sergeant Simon Pope of Melksham CID said: "I would be interested to hear from anyone who saw a blue VW Transporter van in good condition parked in their neighbourhood between Christmas Eve - when it was stolen - and the evening of Thursday 3 January when the break-in took place.

"Perhaps someone saw it entering or leaving a lock-up garage or simply parked on a street.

"This was an unsuccessful and amateurish attempt to steal a cashpoint machine using a van stolen from Chippenham.

"That leads me to believe that the two men involved live locally.”

CCTV images of the raiders released by Wiltshire Police show one man wearing a distinctive striped white hooded top.

Police were alerted by residents who heard the van smash into the store. Maureen Angrove, of Macie Way, said: “Around 11.20pm I heard an almighty bang. I looked out of my son’s bedroom window and saw the van. This tall bloke in a hood jumped out of the van and tried to get in, before the van screeched off again.

“I called the police, and within a minute of putting the phone down they were here.

“You don’t expect something like this on your doorstep; I just don’t know what there were after.”

Kevin Turnbull, of nearby Hatton Way also heard the raid take place. He said: “I was sat in my front room when I heard them ram into the shop three or four times. They must have been on a destructive binge.”

A fire crew from Corsham worked for several hours into the night to make the shop safe, along with a support unit from Swindon.

The front of the shop remains boarded up, but it was reopened on Saturday serving customers from the rear doors.

Wiltshire Police are appealing for anyone who saw a car speeding away from the scene to contact them. Detective Sergeant Pope said "If anyone who has not yet come forward has any information or saw the blue van travelling to the Co-op in Macie Drive on the Katherine Park estate or another vehicle leaving the area at speed at about 11.20pm I would very much like to hear from them.

"Please call Wiltshire Police on 101 and ask for Melksham CID. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers UK anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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11:15pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Nickthegreek says...

A 'wine coloured van'? Great creative description from our valiant G&H journo!
Are you sure you don't want to put in they were wearing black & white striped shirts, eye masks & a bag with 'swag' written on it?
A 'wine coloured van'? Great creative description from our valiant G&H journo! Are you sure you don't want to put in they were wearing black & white striped shirts, eye masks & a bag with 'swag' written on it? Nickthegreek

11:15pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Nickthegreek says...

A 'wine coloured van'? Great creative description from our valiant G&H journo!
Are you sure you don't want to put in they were wearing black & white striped shirts, eye masks & a bag with 'swag' written on it?
A 'wine coloured van'? Great creative description from our valiant G&H journo! Are you sure you don't want to put in they were wearing black & white striped shirts, eye masks & a bag with 'swag' written on it? Nickthegreek

9:03am Sat 5 Jan 13

beetawix says...

red or white?
red or white? beetawix

12:26pm Sat 5 Jan 13

notscot says...

beetawix wrote:
red or white?
Rose?
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: red or white?[/p][/quote]Rose? notscot

5:28pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"Kevin Turnbull, of nearby Hatton Way also witnessed the raid. He said: “I was sat in my front room when I heard them ram into the shop three or four times. They must have been on a destructive binge.” "

Hearing a noise while sitting in his front room... in a different street?! Does that qualify him as a wittness?
"Kevin Turnbull, of nearby Hatton Way also witnessed the raid. He said: “I was sat in my front room when I heard them ram into the shop three or four times. They must have been on a destructive binge.” " Hearing a noise while sitting in his front room... in a different street?! Does that qualify him as a wittness? Mrs Donnyfly

6:39pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Workerbeemum says...

There really is a few mistakes in this report, it's macie drive not way and the van was abandoned in macie drive by the bollards which is laughable as it shows they really didn't have a clue what they were doing!!! As their getaway route was a dead end!
Glad they left empty handed!!!
There really is a few mistakes in this report, it's macie drive not way and the van was abandoned in macie drive by the bollards which is laughable as it shows they really didn't have a clue what they were doing!!! As their getaway route was a dead end! Glad they left empty handed!!! Workerbeemum

1:42pm Wed 9 Jan 13

WhatDoIPayMyCouncilTaxFor? says...

In defence of Kevin Turnbull and for those who don't know the area alot of the properties on Hatton Way face the Co-op even though the address of the Co-op is Macie Drive, Cars driving at speed down Freestone Way late at night, this is a nightly occurence so I doubt anybody living down Freestone Way would have thought it out of the ordinary
In defence of Kevin Turnbull and for those who don't know the area alot of the properties on Hatton Way face the Co-op even though the address of the Co-op is Macie Drive, Cars driving at speed down Freestone Way late at night, this is a nightly occurence so I doubt anybody living down Freestone Way would have thought it out of the ordinary WhatDoIPayMyCouncilTaxFor?

1:49pm Wed 9 Jan 13

WhatDoIPayMyCouncilTaxFor? says...

You have to give these guys 'Dumbest Burglar of the Year' award,

look at the photo, obvioulsy they didn't do their homework or they would have known that the doors they rammed would block the exit and therefore they would not be able to remove the cash machine,

middle of a housing estate - not many witnesses there then,

made their escape down a dead end,

oh dear todays Felons really do need to do their homework better,

School report - good do better, lacks attention to detail, 0/10
You have to give these guys 'Dumbest Burglar of the Year' award, look at the photo, obvioulsy they didn't do their homework or they would have known that the doors they rammed would block the exit and therefore they would not be able to remove the cash machine, middle of a housing estate - not many witnesses there then, made their escape down a dead end, oh dear todays Felons really do need to do their homework better, School report - good do better, lacks attention to detail, 0/10 WhatDoIPayMyCouncilTaxFor?

7:03pm Wed 9 Jan 13

busby1980 says...

I bet the ram raiders went to the same school as some of the people leaving comments on this page, another great example of the grammar used in our modern times.
I bet the ram raiders went to the same school as some of the people leaving comments on this page, another great example of the grammar used in our modern times. busby1980

8:11pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

busby1980 wrote:
I bet the ram raiders went to the same school as some of the people leaving comments on this page, another great example of the grammar used in our modern times.
Wouldn't a full stop or semi-colon make more sense than the comma in your comment?
[quote][p][bold]busby1980[/bold] wrote: I bet the ram raiders went to the same school as some of the people leaving comments on this page, another great example of the grammar used in our modern times.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't a full stop or semi-colon make more sense than the comma in your comment? Mrs Donnyfly

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