Bunbury Police call for information over attempted ATM theft at Treendale Shopping Centre

Crime watch: Thieves used a utility vehicle to break into Treendale Shopping Centre and remove an ATM from the premises on Saturday night. Photo: Police Media.
Crime watch: Thieves used a utility vehicle to break into Treendale Shopping Centre and remove an ATM from the premises on Saturday night. Photo: Police Media.

Bunbury Police are on the lookout for thieves who attempted to steal an ATM from Treendale Shopping centre last weekend. 

Around 11pm on Saturday, September 1, a utility was used to drive through bollards and automatic glass doors. 

The group then hooked up an ATM to the utility before dragging it through the doors, out onto the Promenade, and away from the premises. 

They then drove onto Forrest Highway, where police used a stinger to stop the vehicle. 

The culprits then fled the scene, leaving the ATM and vehicle behind, and escaped in a second utility that had been parked near Bunbury Hospital. 

The second vehicle was found near the hospital and Manea Senior College on Sunday morning. 

Bunbury Police Detective Sergeant James Gaunt said they were calling upon the public for assistance. 

“We’re still conducting our investigation. There will be a fair bit of talk around town, someone would have heard something or would know something,” he said. 

“Be aware that any information that leads to an arrest can attract rewards through Crime Stoppers.

“We work hand-in-hand with the public and so their assistance would be greatly appreciated.” 

He, however, said zero identifying features were made clear by the centre’s CCTV footage. 

Both vehicles had been stolen from Integra Services on Worcester Bend, Davenport prior to the incident. 

Integra Services owner Rhys Hales said the culprits drove through a $2000 roller door before ransacking the office, removing the keys from the keybox, and stealing both vehicles. 

Mr Hales revealed the cars were worth $20,000 each.

He said the culprits also took $6-7000 worth of tools and equipment, some owned by the company and others by employees. 

“We’re helping them buy tools to keep them on the road and keep them working,” he said. 

“It’s just a kick in the guts more than anything, we can replace the property but it’s just sad to see these culprits take advantage of others.”

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at crimestoppers.com.au 

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