Stolen ute used as battering ram in botched raid

Bungling burglars used a stolen ute as a battering ram in a failed raid of a Dunedin ATM.

A dark grey Toyota Hilux was driven into the automatic glass door of the Caltex Valley petrol station, in North Rd, about 1.40am yesterday, Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Inspector Kelvin Lloyd said.

CCTV footage from the petrol station shows a hooded person walking out of Craigleith St into North Rd and checking if the street is clear.

The Hilux is then driven out of Craigleith St, with another hooded offender riding on the back of it, and into North Rd, before its driver crashes it into the petrol station.

The two hooded burglars then remove strops from the back of the ute and attack the store's ATM with sledgehammers.

After failing to recover cash or move the ATM, the two flee and the Hilux is driven away.

Station owner Leonard Cheng said he was ''shocked'' and ''very sad'' about the attempted raid.

''I have lost a bit of confidence about how safe we are [because of the burglary],'' he said.

''I'm really hoping that these robbers are going to be punished.

''We have pretty much decided to get rid of the ATM, but that's not a good way to resolve the problem. We should be doing something to create a safer environment.''

The cost of the attack was unknown but the burglars ''have damaged the door very badly''.

Station manager Jia Liu said nothing was taken and the pair focused on the ATM.

''The silly thing is they have not taken anything away ... not even a lolly,'' he said.

Insp Lloyd said the Hilux was stolen from outside a South Dunedin address on Sunday afternoon and found abandoned in Dick St, yesterday morning.

The offenders showed some daring as the vehicle was driven more than 6km through Dunedin after the burglary.

''Offenders will take their chances when using a stolen vehicle and it's possible they knew where they were going and had checked it out before [the crime],'' he said.

Police wanted to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in North Rd on Sunday night or yesterday morning.

Anyone with information can contact Dunedin police on (03) 471-4800(03) 471-4800. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555-1110800 555-111.

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