This ATM at Northside Plaza was vandalised by thieves who were after its safe.
This ATM at Northside Plaza was vandalised by thieves who were after its safe.

Safe foils ATM raid

WOULD-BE thieves tried to steal a safe from an ATM at a shopping centre in Bundaberg north on Tuesday night.

The Cashcard ATM, in a well-lit area between the Bundaberg North IGA and a fruit juice store in Northside Plaza, Queen Street, was prised open between 10pm and 11.50pm.

But the criminals fled empty-handed after discovering they could not crack the safe inside.

“The offender attempted to force entry to the cash dispenser section of ATM,” Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Joe Hildred said.

“They opened the front door of the machine but could not gain entry to the safe inside.”

The machine was left with damage to the front and lock, and was out of service yesterday while repairs were being arranged.

“Scenes of crime officers and police attended and examined the scene,” Det Sen Sgt Hildred said.

“A number of security officers have been spoken to and the movements of a number of suspicious people around the scene are being examined by CIB.”

The attack on the ATM came after a series of business break-ins around Bundaberg recently, with another two businesses also targeted on Monday night.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Grant Marcus said a community centre in Innes Park was broken into overnight.

“A business on Steindl Street, East Bundaberg, was also broken into,” Sgt Marcus said.

Investigations into break-ins were continuing yesterday.



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