Latest ATM incidents being probed in Stonehaven and Inverurie

Scene of incident The incident in Inverurie is being investigated

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Two more attempted thefts of cash machines in Aberdeenshire are being probed by police.

Officers have been investigating at the Clydesdale Bank in Ann Street, Stonehaven, and the Bank of Scotland on Constitution Street, Inverurie.

It comes as police look into several similar incidents.

Officers are probing recent thefts in Bieldside and New Deer, and attempts on machines in Oldmeldrum, Inverurie and Ellon.

Scene of incident A bank sign on the Stonehaven ATM apologised for the inconvenience

Police Scotland said the Stonehaven incident happened at about 03:40, and the Inverurie incident was at about 06:50.

Det Insp Graeme Mackie, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We are investigating two separate reports of attempted thefts of ATM machines in Stonehaven and Inverurie.

"At this stage we continue to keep an open mind regarding these recent crimes being linked with the previous ATM crimes, however we have a dedicated team of detectives who are investigating all of the ATM crimes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire."

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man from the Elgin area has appeared at the town's sheriff court in relation to the theft of the ATM from the post office in Hopeman Road, Duffus, in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

James Scott, who also faced drugs charges, made no plea and was remanded in custody.

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