Thieves blew up a cash machine after trying to prise it open with their hands.
When the three offenders failed to open the cash machine by hand, they poured an unknown explosive substance into the machine and set it on fire, destroying the cash machine at the Co-operative shop on Manchester Road, Astley.
The offenders then stole a quantity of cash from the machine before fleeing in a car.
Police were called to the Cross Hillock Service Station at around 2.35am this morning and have launched an investigation.
No arrests have been made but the offenders are described as wearing dark coloured hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
Greater Manchester Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward by calling them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.