Police recover 'Aberdeenshire ATM raids vehicle'

Scene of incident Police are investigating a series of incidents, including in Inverurie

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A vehicle believed to be linked to a recent spate of raids on cash machines in Aberdeenshire has been recovered by police.

The white Audi S3, with the false registration plate YP59 SOJ, was found by officers in a wooded area at Tanglandford Farm in Methlick.

Police said they believed it was linked to the latest ATM incidents in Inverurie and Stonehaven on Monday.

Police have been looking into several similar incidents.

The car was previously reported stolen from DW Sports Fitness in Aberdeen on 15 October.

Det Insp Graeme Mackie, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We now know that this white Audi S3 was used in the attacks on the ATMs in Inverurie and Stonehaven during the early hours of Monday.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have seen this car and the occupants at any time since the car was stolen to contact us.

"Local inquires in Methlick have established that two males who spoke with a Liverpudlian accent were seen in suspicious circumstances in the village on Friday 25 October.

"Whilst it is not known if these males are connected to the recent crimes, we are keeping an open mind regarding who is responsible - and are working closely with Merseyside Police who are also investigating a series of ATM related crimes which are very similar to those that have taken place in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen."

Det Insp Mackie added: "We are also investigating if those responsible for the ATM crimes are also connected to the recent break-ins to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre on 26 October, and Murcar Golf Club on 16 October, where a white Audi S3 was also seen in suspicious circumstances."

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