Thieves steal ATM from shopping centre in Australind
Police are calling on witnesses to a ram raid at the Treendale Shopping Centre that occurred about 2.30am Thursday.
Bunbury Detectives said the offenders stole a skid-steer loader from a building site near the shopping centre in Australind.
The offenders then drove the loader to the shopping centre and used it to drive through the glass entrance doors before using it to remove an ATM.
The ATM was placed into a stolen tray-back utility which was parked in the shopping centre carpark.
Police arrived at the scene as offenders loaded the ATM onto the utility and managed to pursue the vehicle for a short time.
The ATM fell off the back of the vehicle along Constellation Drive.
Officers made the decision to secure the ATM and the offenders left the scene in the stolen vehicle.
Det-Sen. Sgt John Munday said the machine remained intact throughout and the cash was recovered in full, however there was significant damage caused to the shopping centre.
“We are now gathering CCTV footage from the nearby businesses and will review that footage as part of our investigations,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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