Ram raid on ATM ‘brazen and risky’

WOULD-BE thieves were unsuccessful in a ram raid on an ATM at Upper Burnie yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Michael Foster, of Burnie CIB, said about 3.25am an older-style white single cab ute was reversed into the empty Bloomin Beautiful Florist at 238 Mount Street, Upper Burnie.

Burnie uniform police were called to the scene in the early hours of the morning and Burnie CIB continued the investigation at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Foster said the vehicle reversed into the building several times and smashed the wall apart where the ATM was housed.

“There were witnesses at the scene but we are continuing our investigation and are looking for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact Burnie CIB,” he said.

Detective Sergeant Foster said security guards remained at the scene yesterday until the machine was removed.

Jonathan Cahill, owner of the Upper Burnie Newsagency which is opposite where the incident occurred, said the first time he knew of the incident was when he drove past the scene yesterday and saw the damaged building.

“Over the years we have thought about putting in an ATM, but incidents like this were why I never did,” he said.

“Not only do they try and get your ATM but they can do structural damage to your shop, which is evident in this case.”

Mr Cahill said to attempt something like this when there were people nearby at the Top of the Town hotel and the newspaper delivery at his shop was not far away was both brazen and risky.

Anyone with any information can contact Burnie CIB on 6434 5291.

The damage to the former Bloomin Beautiful Florist at 238 Mount Street, Upper Burnie, after an unsuccessful ram raid yesterday.

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