Police are seeking witnesses to the attempted theft of a bank cashpoint machine in Hassocks this morning.
At 3.15am (Monday August 6), officers were called to Barclays Bank in Keymer Road, Hassocks, after local residents had reported that an industrial digger vehicle had driven into the front of the bank, and dragged out the cashpoint machine installed in the wall.
The digger placed the machine on an adjacent stationary blue Toyota pick-up truck but the drivers of both vehicles then ran off in the direction of Chancellors Park, leaving the unopened cash machine on the truck.
Keymer Road was closed to traffic whilst the scene was examined, the building made safe, and the two vehicles were removed.
Temporary traffic lights are being installed to enable one-way working while building examination and repair continues today.
Both men are described as wearing dark clothing, and the truck driver is additionally described as being about 6ft, slim, and wearing a hoody.
The digger had been stolen earlier during the same night from a quarry at Plumpton in East Sussex.
Detective Sergeant Steve Tattersall said; “The enquiry is at an early stage and it is not yet clear why the two men abandoned the vehicles and ran off without the cash machine.
“There have been no recent such offences in Sussex and at present we are not linking this with any offences elsewhere in the country.
“Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information about the incident is asked to contact us. In particular the digger, being driven west during the early hours across from Plumpton which is further along the B2116, would surely have been noticed by anyone was up and about at the time.
“If you can help please call us via 101 quoting serial 0128 of 6/8. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”