Police believe an organised gang from outside Tayside may be behind a five-figure ATM raid in Kirriemuir.
An undisclosed sum was stolen from the Royal Bank of Scotland cash machine on the town’s Bank Street at about 4.50am on Saturday.
The raid appears to have involved a similar approach to other incidents around the country.
Angus area commander Chief Inspector Gordon Milne said: “Police Scotland is all connected up, so there is a nationwide response to this incident, but also because there have been very similar if not identical crimes committed in Aberdeen, Glasgow and the surrounding area and the Borders in the past.
“The attack follows a pattern we’ve seen before.
“This has been a well-organised, planned crime. It’s not like it’s been a few opportunistic people just wandering around the town or the countryside looking for an ATM.
“I would suggest this is an organised crime group, not from this area and maybe not even Scotland.”
Police are keen to trace the driver of a blue car seen in the vicinity at the time of the incident.
The robbery has also been linked to an attempted raid about two hours earlier in Friockheim, about 15 miles east of Kirriemuir.