The blue BMW M135i, registration number YE63 BPZ.
The blue BMW M135i, registration number YE63 BPZ.

Detectives returned to the scene of the theft of a six-figure sum of cash from an ATM (automated teller machine) in Kirriemuir yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) as the ‘Herald’ went to press.

It emerged a reward of up to £25,000 may be paid to any member of the public who provides information in relation to the serious crime against the Royal Bank of Scotland, which occurred exactly one month ago at 4.50 a.m. on Saturday, 
December 20.

Officers investigating the incident are also carrying out enquiries into a report of an attempted theft at the ATM at the Co-op in Gardyne Street, Friockheim which also happened on December 20 at about 3.20 a.m. The incidents are thought to be connected.

Police are particularly keen to trace three men wearing dark clothing, who were travelling in a blue BMW M135i, registration number YE63 BPZ (pictured), seen in the area of Friockheim at the time.

The BMW appears to have been in the Angus area for a number of hours during that morning.

The vehicle is known to have passed through Dundee in the Claverhouse Road area, and was last seen heading southwards on the A90 near to Longforgan.

During enquiries into the reported incidents, police recovered empty cash machine cassettes on the A928, Kirriemuir to Glamis road.

The major incident took place on the last shopping day before Christmas and rendered the town centre a no-go area.

A police cordon was set up around the Bank Street area, with businesses in the vicinity forced to close their doors until late afternoon.

Police tape blocked off the roads and closes leading to Bank Street with officers stationed at the road blocks.

Once removed the damage to the ATM and a smashed window at the bank were clearly visible.

Anyone who may have seen the BMW car or the occupants in Angus or Dundee, or anyone who has CCTV relative to the areas described above, is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101. If you wish to remain anonymous contact can be made with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.