An automatic teller machine has been stolen from Caltex Bombala by three people ‘swinging off’ the machine before loading it onto a white Hyundai Accent sedan, according to the service station’s manager.
She was awoken around 4 am on Monday, 5 October by alarms from the service station on Maybe Street in Bombala, about 90km south of Cooma. She reported the break-in to police when she arrived at the scene.
“They smashed the front door with a huge rock they must have got from somewhere,” said the manager, who wished to remain anonymous.
“The ATM was bolted to the floor but they managed to break it. I’ve seen the footage, they were swinging off it.”
Video surveillance showed three people in dark clothing, masks and gloves – who police believe were males – breaking the ATM free of the bolts with the force of their bodies. They then carried the ATM to the Hyundai parked outside at around 3.30 am.
Caltex was closed at the time of the break-in, but reopened on Monday afternoon once police had taken fingerprints from the crime scene.
“I don’t know how much cash was inside the ATM,” said the manager. “Nothing like this has happened before.
“It was a bit of a shock, but I’m glad it didn’t happen during the daytime when staff were working. I’m not traumatised by it, I wasn’t here.
“I just hope the police can find out who it was. Police have done what they’ve got to do and we’ve just got to get on with it.”
Police from the Monaro Police District are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the car or has information about the break-in.
The car is described as a white Hyundai Ascent sedan (1999-2005 model) with the front left tyre replaced and the front left guard damaged.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.