Robbers ripped a cash machine from the side of a Suffolk bank with a JCB digger whilst residents of the village slept undisturbed close-by.
The machine was torn from the wall at the Needham Market branch of Barclays at around 3.30am, before the burglars made off in the digger, which was then left abandoned in a nearby field.
Police are searching for a white man in a baseball cap. One resident expressed surprise that no-one had woken up and alerted police sooner. He told the BBC:
"The thud of a massive box hitting the ground I thought would make some noise, but we heard nothing."
Barretts lane is shut while police make further investigations.
Anyone who saw the incident or who may have any information is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111