Brazen thieves used a stolen digger to try and steal a cashpoint in Cranleigh early this morning (Friday September 28).
Detectives in Waverley are appealing for witnesses following the attempted ram raid at Lloyds TSB in the High Street which took place at 5am.
Two men, wearing balaclavas, ran off towards a neighbouring housing estate after the bank raid proved unsuccessful.
The bright green digger was left running and a white panel van remained outside the bank.
As a result of the ram raid, damage was caused to the bank and to a wall adjoining a house opposite.
After the first attempt to smash into the unit failed, the suspects reversed the digger in a bid to make a further attempt.
The High Street is currently closed at its junction with Rowland Road and Rowland Road is closed at its junction with Victoria Road. The bank is currently closed and is likely to remain shut for some time.
The bank and the parade of buildings opposite are being surveyed for structural damage and some street furniture, including a lamp post has similarly been damaged.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team are at the scene helping with traffic and to provide alternative transport routes following the road closure.
Detective Constable Andrew Skoglund investigating said: “This incident has caused a large amount of damage and inconvenience to the local community. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen this distinctive digger making its way to the town centre.
“The machine was stolen overnight from the Godalming area and it seems it was driven to the cashpoint – it would have been noisy and I anticipate it would be quite an unusual sight at such an early hour of the morning. If you have any information about its movements or that of the offenders or the van, please call Surrey Police as soon as possible.”
Waverley Borough Commander Tom Budd added: “This type of offence is unusual in this area and Neighbourhood officers are working closely with their CID colleagues to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for local residents.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference P12284578. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.