Police at the scene of an attempted robbery at Bank of Queensland in Tweed Heads South. Photo: Nolan Verheij-full / Daily News
Police at the scene of an attempted robbery at Bank of Queensland in Tweed Heads South. Photo: Nolan Verheij-full / Daily News Nolan Verheij-full

Police want help to solve attempted ATM gas robbery

Update, 11.30am, December 30: TWEED Police are calling for the public to help them catch the crooks behind an attempted gas-fuelled robbery of a Tweed Heads South ATM.

Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said investigations were continuing into the incident on Friday, which involved a failed attempt at blowing up a Bank of Queensland teller machine with gas.

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area or that might have seen something to contact police," Insp Cullen said.

The incident occurred about 5.50am on Friday at 2 Blundell Blvd, Tweed Heads South.

Anyone with information should call Tweed Police station on 07 5536 0999 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. Calls to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous.



Initial Report, 2pm, December 28: BRAZEN bandits have attempted to use a gas-fuelled explosion to break into a Tweed Heads South Bank of Queensland ATM.

The attempted robbery occurred about 5.50am yesterday Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said.

"It was an attempted theft from an ATM," he said.

"It appears they've attempted to use gas to explosive effect."

Detectives were at the crime scene yesterday at 2 Blundell Blvd for several hours taking fingerprints, collecting closed circuit television video and taking photos.

A wheelie bin containing a gas canister sitting next to the ATM, was the subject of intense interest by the investigating police.

The robbers had used a car to transport the canister next to the ATM, police say.

A small crowd of would-be bank customers were gathered around the crime scene chatting excitedly about the incident.

The bank was closed all day and customers were being directed to Bank of Queensland's Coolangatta branch.

Police are urging anyone with information about the crime to contact them.

Using gas to break into ATMs is not a new trend. On November 14, 2013, a similar incident occurred at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.

A gas, thought to be oxy-acetylene, was pumped into a Reserve Rd ATM before being ignited at 2.25am, blowing up the ATM and causing smoke damage to a bottle shop.

The ATM remained intact and no money was taken.

A spate of similar attacks occurred throughout Sydney in 2008 and 2011.