Three men climbed into a Coffs Coast shopping centre through the roof and pulled apart an ATM, but fled the scene empty handed.
Three men climbed into a Coffs Coast shopping centre through the roof and pulled apart an ATM, but fled the scene empty handed.

Cat burglars ambitious crime

IT may have been a burglary that took some planning to commit, but in the end the offenders got away with nothing.

Three men scaled through the roof of the open-air shopping centre complex at Moonee Beach last week and tried to break into an automatic teller machine.

Causing significant damage to the ATM in a crime that lasted around 20 minutes, the offenders were unable to access the machine's cash compartment and reportedly fled from the shopping centre through a fire exit.

Police said security footage shows the men climb into the shopping centre through the roof and use a tool to try and access the machine's safe.  

The incident on Thursday morning around 12.15am is under investigation. 

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the incident serves as an example to other would-be thieves that targetting ATMs is a worthless exercise.

"ATMs are fitted with a range of anti-theft devices, which make it very difficult to break into the machines and that's exactly what these three offenders found out," Mr Lindsay said.

"The cash inside ATMs is also fitted with a range of identifying marks such as dyes, infrared pigmentation and DNA spots, which enable police to trace bank notes back to an ATM.

"The offenders should also know ATMs are also fitted with alarms, which alert police."  

Anyone with information about this crime can pass on anonymous tips to Coffs Harbour Police via Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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