A Llandovery shop has closed until further notice following a burglary where a stolen JCB was used to remove a cash machine.

Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of a burglary at the Coop in Llandovery at 2.13am on Friday, February 8,

The front left of the store has been seriously damaged.

The JCB, which was stolen from a nearby farm and was last seen by the owner on February 7, was left abandoned in the Coop car park with the keys still in the ignition.

No entry to the store was gained.

The police investigation is being led by CID and all lines of enquiry are being followed.

House to house enquiries have already taken place in the community.

Temporary Detective Inspector Sian Davies said: “We are investigating all possible lines of enquiry to find out who was involved in committing this burglary. I would urge anyone with information to contact the police on 101.

“In the meantime, I must urge all farmers or anyone who owns farming or heavy machinery to make sure they follow simple security measures such as securing your property, removing keys from the ignition and storing them in a safe place. Consideration should also be given to security marking equipment.”

A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “There was an incident at our Llandovery store in the early hours of this morning.

"CCTV has been shared with Police who are investigating, and we appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to come forward.

"We await access to the site in order to fully assess the damage, it is too early to confirm when the store will be able to re-open to serve the community.”

Anyone who witnessed this crime or anything suspicious in the lead up to the incident is urged to call police immediately on 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.