COLLECTING EVIDENCE: Police examine the burnt shell of an ATM which was stolen from the Karalee Shopping Centre and abandoned under the Lloyd Bird Bridge on the Centenary Hwy at Redbank Plains.
COLLECTING EVIDENCE: Police examine the burnt shell of an ATM which was stolen from the Karalee Shopping Centre and abandoned under the Lloyd Bird Bridge on the Centenary Hwy at Redbank Plains. Rob Williams

Thieves empty ATM under cover of bridge

POLICE have found an empty, burned out ATM which they believe was pulled from the wall of a Karalee hairdresser's shop earlier this week.

The machine was taken during a raid on the Junction Rd business in the early hours of Monday morning.

It was found yesterday afternoon after contractors came across a damaged section of fence underneath the Lloyd Bird Bridge on the Centenary Hwy, Redbank Plains.

Ipswich criminal investigation branch Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said the thieves used power tools to break into the machine. "They obviously spent a period of time down under the bridge trying to get inside the machine," Snr Sgt Dixon said.

"Then they set fire to it."

Police believe a vehicle - possibly the same truck used in the initial stealing offence - would have been used to pull down a large, padlocked security gate that had blocked access to the underside of the Lloyd Bird Bridge.

Two men in hooded jumpers broke into Karalee Hair Design just after midnight on Monday morning, connecting a chain between the ATM and a tip truck.

A third man drove the truck, pulling the machine through the front of the shop.

The ATM was loaded up before the offenders took off.

It was understood detectives were still sifting through closed-circuit television footage from the shops to see if they could better identify the thieves or their vehicle.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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