THIEVES used a digger to rip a cash machine from a Co-op store, police have said.
The digger was left at the scene of the crime, police said as they appeal for information about the raid at Co-op inHambledon Road, Denmead.
Officers were called at 1.38am after the incident which has left the store with substantial damage.
Part of the cash machine, including cash boxes, were stolen.
A Ford Transit van, thought to have been used in the burglary, was later recovered near Old Winchester Hill.
Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
Sergeant Stuart Gilmour said: ‘We know that this will cause some concern to the local community.
‘I would like to reassure residents that we take such incidents seriously. An investigation has begun and officers from the neighbourhood policing team will be patrolling the area.’
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 44180371753.
Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.