Police are investigating after three cars were stolen and used during two break and enters in Lake Macquarie.
About 3.30am today (Tuesday 3 March) three people driving the stolen vehicles attended a service station at Wyee.
The three forced entry through an external toilet door, smashed through a wall and into the service station, where they took a safe containing a large sum of money and a large number of cigarettes.
One of the vehicles was left at the Wyee service station, with the three people continuing to another service station at Fennell Bay.
About 4.20am the two vehicles were used to smash a glass wall at the service station, before the three people attached a rope to an ATM and unsuccessfully tried to pull it from its location.
Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District have established crime scenes at both locations and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The vehicles involved were stolen between Saturday 29 March and today (Tuesday 3 March) from Cessnock, West Gosford and Scone.
The vehicles are a silver Toyota utility with the number plate CQ21JZ, a white Mitsubishi Pantech truck with the registration BT73PL and a white Mitsubishi Canter flatbed truck with the number plate CE78NR.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Lake Macquarie Police on (02) 4922 8899 or Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.