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
''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
471-4800. Information can also be
provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800