Detectives are investigating an attempt to steal a cash machine from the Co-Op store in St Peters.
Kent Police received a call at 4.50am today (February 24) reporting that a JCB digger had been used to remove an ATM from the Hopeville Avenue shop.
The cash machine was removed from the building, causing significant damage to the shop front as a result.
The vehicle was later found along a farm track off Hopeville Avenue, along with the ATM.
Witnesses reported seeing two men leave the scene.
The cash machine was also a target for vandals last May when three children were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Anyone who has information or who has CCTV or dashcam footage that may assist the investigation is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 24-0296.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.