Customers at the Townfield shops were shocked when they arrived on Saturday, 11th.
In the early hours of the morning thieves had ram-raided Edwards Post Office and made off with the recently installed cash machine.
The vehicle that was driven into the store window was torched and the gang used a second getaway vehicle to transport the cash machine.
David Evans commented: “This was clearly a carefully planned operation. It is heartbreaking for the store owners, who have made significant improvements for local shoppers. The cash machine was much appreciated by local residents. Everyone has lost in this shocking incident.”
If you have any information which might lead to the arrest of the culprits, please contact the police.