Ram-raiders target town bowling alley

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A bowling alley in Sudbury was the target of a ram raid when thieves used a stolen green Land Rover to smash through the door.

The group of thieves used a Land Rover Discovery to repeatedly reverse into the front of Strikes in Byford Road, causing significant damage.

Once they broke through the door, three men entered the building while a fourth stood watch.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “The three men exited the building carrying an automatic change machine.

“All four men then entered the building for a second time, and damaged a slot machine, stealing coins from within.”

Two of the offenders made their getaway in the stolen vehicle while the other two fled in a silver saloon car, possibly a convertible.

The Land Rover used in the ram raid is believed to have been stolen from an industrial estate in Bull Lane in Acton shortly before the incident at approximately 11.20pm, on Wednesday, March 25.

It has since been found by a member of the public in Edwardstone with the automatic change machine inside.

On Thursday, staff at Strikes began cleaning up the debris left behind by the vandals.

Police have released the descriptions of four men they would like to trace.

The first is described as a white man who was wearing a black balaclava, green-coloured jacket, chequered shirt, dark-coloured gloves and blue trousers.

The second offender is described as a white man with green jacket, gloves, dark coloured trousers, black shoes and a bobble hat.

A third man is described as wearing a black balaclava, black jacket, blue jeans, dark-coloured gloves and blue ‘sneaker styled’ shoes.

The fourth is described as a white man who was wearing a striped light and dark-coloured balaclava, dark-coloured jacket, pale-coloured trousers and light-coloured gloves.