Tue, 05 Dec 2017
This was the scene facing staff and shoppers at Theale's Co-op this morning (Tuesday).
Ram-raiders struck the High Street shop overnight in an attempt to steal the cashpoint.
But they failed and appeared to have left the licence plate of their vehicle behind instead.
Owner of Theale's Tony Roe solicitors, Tony Roe, said: "There was a lot of onlookers quite aghast at the scene.
"This kind of thing doesn't really happen too much in Theale thankfully.
"The shop is well and truly closed.
"The community depends on that shop, it's got a loyal customer base and we know the people who work in the shop and it must be a great shock shock for the staff as well as the people who use it.
"The Theale community has to go elsewhere for it's pint of milk and sandwiches today."
Mr Roe said that he had spoken to an officer at the scene who could not confirm whether any money had been taken.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police, Gareth Ford-Lloyd said that officers were called to reports of an attempted ram-raid at Co-op in Theale at around 2.30am.
He said that a vehicle was reversed into the shop, and three people tried to access the ATM.
But after their efforts failed they then fled the scene.
"An investigation is ongoing and we would ask anyone with information to please call 101 quoting reference 43170361166," Mr Ford-Lloyd said.
The Co-op said on Twitter that it was "working to reopen the store as quickly as we can."
(Picture supplied by Tony Roe)