Thieves managed to rip out a cash point from the wall of a Staffordshire shop using a stolen JCB digger.
The men struck shortly after 2am yesterday morning at the Tesco Express in Holly Road, Uttoxeter.
They ramraided the store and succeeded in tearing out the cash point, but were forced to abandon their attempt to remove cash from it when police arrived.
The JCB digger had been stolen from a works site on the A50 a quarter of a mile away and parked in the Tesco car park. The thieves escaped in an Audi A4 Quattro and a white Ford Transit van.