A 31-year-old man arrested in connection with an attempted smash and grab rail on a supermarket ATM has been bailed by detectives.
Police were called to to the Tesco Express store in Throston, Hartlepool, after raiders struck at around 2.25am yesterday.
Officers have said they received a call at around 2.40am as suspects were attempting to steal a cash machine at Tesco Express in Wiltshire Way.
A suspected stolen digger was abandoned at the scene and the suspects made off in a Land Rover, which was found on fire in Worset Lane a short time later, also abandoned.
Nothing was stolen during the incident, but substantial damage was caused to the corner of the store.
It is believed that a further vehicle may have been involved as a getaway vehicle.
The 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail as inquiries continue.
Cleveland and Durham road policing team said officers disturbed a group in the act of stealing the cash machine in a Facebook post.
The officers then pursued a vehicle into County Durham, near to Trimdon, with a police helicopter and dog unit also drafted in as they made an arrest.
Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Neil Cawthorne at Cleveland Police Major Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.