DETECTIVES from Staffordshire Police are currently investigating a report of an ATM theft from the Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Mile Oak.
The incident occurred at around 9.20pm on Sunday 18 November.
Three men were spotted stealing the ATM and then driving off in an estate car.
To help prevent such thefts from occurring in future, organisations that host a cash machine should report any suspicious activity on site, especially any activity that involves large vehicles like estate cars, SUVs, 4x4s and vans.
Organisations should regularly check that CCTV is pointed towards high-value assets like cash machines, that the CCTV is in working order and that the surrounding area is well-lit where possible.
Signage indicating CCTV coverage can also be an effective deterrent.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Bentley from Staffordshire Police said: “We have teams of detectives working hard to identify those involved in this incident and would ask that the public come forward with any information, no matter how small.
“However, our preference is always to prevent crime so I would encourage anyone responsible for a cash machine to take the simple steps above.”
If you witnessed any suspicious behaviour in or around the hospital over the weekend, please contact 101 quoting incident number 748 of 18 November.
You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.