Thieves used a JCB to smash their way in and try to steal a cash machine from a shop.
Officers were called to Budgens in St Stephens Road, Kettering, just before 4am today to reports that thieves were trying to remove a cash machine from the shop with a digger.
Det Sgt Nick Cobley said: “This incident has left the shop severely structurally damaged so we are not letting anybody into the building at the moment and we are guarding the scene to make sure the public remain safe.
“We have recovered the yellow JCB which was used to break into the building.
“We believe this vehicle, along with a 4x4 which was possibly green, was stolen by the thieves before they carried out the robbery.
“We would encourage anyone who saw what happened in St Stephens Road in the early hours of this morning, or who knows anything about the two stolen vehicles, to contact us as soon as possible.”
Witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.