Raiders made off with a five-figure sum of cash after targeting two ATMs at a Banchory supermarket.
Officers were called to Morrisons on Banchory’s North Deeside Road in the early hours of this morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Mackay said: “We were alerted at around 03:00hrs following an alarm activation.
“There has been some force used to remove the ATMs.”
One of the cash machines, which was owned by an external company, was left lying on the ground outside the door following the robbery.
Police Scotland is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a blue Land Rover Defender, which they believe may be linked to the incident. The Land Rover was reported stolen overnight from the Dunecht area.
DCI Mackay said: “It is believed two vehicles may have been used in the commission of this crime where a five figure sum of money was stolen and we would appeal for any members of the public who saw anything suspicious or unusual between 2am and 6am this morning in the Deeside area to contact us.
“I would appeal to anybody who has seen a blue Land Rover Defender with the registration plates R451 UMS in the area, either travelling in convoy or parked up around about to get in touch.
“My enquiries so far indicate that there was more than one vehicle involved. Given the conditions I would think it was a 4x4.”
Police have confirmed that they are following important lines of enquiry, however enquiries are still at an early stage.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.