LAST night’s ATM raid on the Co-op in Kingston Bagpuize is the latest in a long line of thefts and attempted thefts in the county.

Thieves have struck at least 14 times since the end of 2017 in a spate of ram raids stretching across Oxfordshire.

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VIDEO: Destruction at Kingston Bagpuize Co-op following cash machine raid

Police say many of the raids are not linked with raiders using everything from 4x4s, forklift trucks and even gas explosions.

Last November saw 250 officers swoop on 10 locations making a number of arrests in connection with some of the thefts.

Oxford Mail reporter Tom Williams joined the police on the raids. Read is account here

However, all were released under investigation and remained so when the force last updated on their cases in January.  

Here we look at how and where the 14 ATM raids unfolded.

Oxford Mail:

1. Aldi, Chipping Norton in December 2017.

  • Thieves used a stolen 4x4 to ram into an Aldi supermarket in Chipping Norton in a botched bid to steal a cash machine.The group targeted the Banbury Road store shortly before 1am on December 13.

2. Charlbury, Co-op in January 2018

  • Ram-raiders hit a Co-op Food store in Charlbury and made attempts to remove the cashpoint. Staff were called to the store, in Enstone Road, after an alarm was activated.

3. Co-op, Grove in January 2018

  • A gang of thieves hauled a cash machine through the front doors of a Co-op in Grove using a Jeep in a daring late night raid. Burglars gained entry to the Savile Way store by prising open the front metal shutter at around 11.40pm on January 9.

4. Aldi, Headington in February 2018

  • Ram-raiders struck again at Aldi in Headington in another failed bid to steal an in-store cash machine. The group used a stolen Land Rover Discovery to reverse into store, in Horspath Driftway, just before midnight on February 3.

5. Morrisons, Carterton in March 2018

  • A gang of thieves used a stolen Land Rover to target a cash machine at Morrisons in Carterton. The supermarket was closed for much of the day after police said four or five people tried to take the cash point at the shop on Black Bourton Road at about 1.30am on March 8.

6. Waitrose, Oxford in March 2018

  • Thieves hit the Waitrose in Oxford’s Botley Road in an early morning ram-raid style smash-and-grab. A Land Rover Defender was abandoned outside the main entrance with a cable attached to the rear on March 12.

7. Spar, Bodicote in March 2018

  • A Spar in Bodicote became the seventh store to be hit by ram-raidersFour men used a stolen Land Rover Discovery in an attempt to remove the cash machine from the Molyneux Drive shop on March 14. But the thieves left the scene empty handed, abandoning the stolen vehicle in the process.

8. Aldi, Didcot in March 2018

  • Would-be thieves who ram-raided Didcot’s Aldi supermarket using axes and crowbars to try to steal the cash machine. A blue or grey 4x4 was used to smash through the supermarket in Broadway between 2.30am and 3am on March 23.

9. Grove, Tesco in April 2018

  • Would-be thieves smashed their way into the Tesco Express in Millbrook Square between 1.55am and 2.05am. Police said the gang had forced the office door open where the ATM machine is located and damaged the CCTV, but nothing was taken. 

10. Co-op, Woodcote in September 2018

  • Thieves botched two attempts to steal the cash machine at the Co-o in Woodcote between 2.30am and 2.45am.They eventually made off with a bottle of Lambrini instead.

11. Co-op, Charlbury in November 2018

  • Thieves struck at the West Oxfordshire supermarket for the second time in a failed bid to steal cash from an ATM. The Co-op Food store in Enstone Road, Charlbury, was raided by thieves targeting its cash machine at about 2.35am.

12. Abingdon, Co-op in December 2018

  • The Northcourt Road Co-op and post office was targeted at 3.30am by thieves who smashed their way into the store before making off with the money from its ATM.

13. Post Office, Esso Co-op Eynsham in February 2019

  • Residents described hearing a 'huge boom' in the early hours of the morning as yet another Oxfordshire ATM was stolen by thieves. Police say the gas explosion attack was one of two in the region, with a petrol station near Aylesbury also being targeted on the same night. A third ATM in Bloxham was later found to have been targeted that night.

14. Littlemore Post Office on February 25, 2019

  •  The owners of the Cowley Road, Littlemore, shop said the front bars of their shop had been mangled out of shape in this attempt, but the thieves were unsuccessful in trying to take the machine.

15. Kingston Bagpuize Co-op in March 2019

  • The latest raid saw a gang use a forklift truck to demolish the ATM wall in one of the most brazen raids so far. Residents described the aftermath as ‘looking like a bomb had gone off’.