Men in hoods fled the scene after driving a vehicle through the main glass doors of the Atrium shopping centre.
A cash machine was stolen from Camberley’s Atrium shopping centre in a dramatic raid which saw a 4x4 smash through the entrance to the building.
Surrey Police were called to The Atrium, in Charles Street, at 4.45am on Saturday, after reports men wearing hoods had driven the vehicle through the main glass doors to the street.
The entire cash machine was stolen before they fled.
A spokesman from the shopping centre said: “There was an incident at The Atrium early on Saturday, December 6, which damaged the Charles Street entrance.
“The area was cleared-up rapidly and the centre was open for trading as normal. The matter is being dealt with by the police.”
It was reported police officers were still at the scene at 10am, with restaurants unable to open until they left and losing trade as a result.
Mauro Foltran, supervisor of Bella Italia, said: “It affected our trade because we trade early in the morning.
“The entrance was closed and no one could enter before the police left, at about 10am.
“We trade at 9am so we lost our breakfast trade.
“It was the first time it had happened. I was surprised and quite shocked but because of the security cameras I am not too worried.
“The Atrium called us saying we could not open the restaurant until the police had left.”
An anonymous source from another restaurant said: “I had to open at a later time and had to call off staff.
“I lost about £700 and I could not open up until about 10.30am. I would have hit my daily target but due to the incident, I couldn’t.
“At the moment I do not think it will happen again. I think it was just people trying to get money for Christmas.”
Eoin McCarthy, general manager of Bill’s, in The Atrium, said: “It affected our trade but in a good way. Our customers do not have to go through the main Atrium.
“Frankie and Benny’s was closed, so people who wanted breakfast came to us. There were definitely people coming to us who had not been to us before.”
Surrey Police officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing to anyone who amy have any information about the raid.
A retail trader at The Atrium told the News & Mail that the cash machine was only installed a month ago.
Another retailer, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “It is very amusing, as once you open the cash machine it has a coloured bar which goes all over the notes, and they would have damaged the car.
“I do not think they thought it through.
“They do not have the brains they were born with.”
Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting, P14348632.