News

Three at large after four men rip ATM from Pottsville bank

The ATM at Pottsville was pulled out by thieves overnight. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
The ATM at Pottsville was pulled out by thieves overnight. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

UPDATED, 11.24am:  AN ATM full of cash was dragged 3km before it was recovered after an early morning ram raid at a Pottsville BCU branch.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Commend detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said the credit union was robbed at 2.20am last night.

"A vehicle was used to dislodge an ATM from its mount," he said.

"The offenders drove away with the ATM."

Four men were involved.

Two men left in a Holden Commodore while the other two left in a Toyota ute, allegedly dragging the machine about 3km.

But they didn't get away for too long, police intercepted both cars on Tweed Coast Rd.

"The utility vehicle has then driven the police car to intimidate them," he said.

"The utility then drove off and police engaged in a pursuit."

A chase quickly ended because of public safety concerns.

The two male occupants of the Toyota fled the scene.

Police from Traffic and Highway Patrol located the other Holden Commodore on Tweed Coast Rd.

Officers arrested a 27-year-old Queensland man at the scene, while a second fled into nearby bush land.

He was charged with aggravated break, enter and steal.

"He was refused bail and will appear at court today," Acting Insp Wiseman said.

Police recovered the ATM and other items on Tweed Coast Road which will undergo forensic examination.

Police are currently in the early stages of investigating but Acting Insp Wiseman said they would be investigating if there was a link between Hastings Point ram raid just 14 days ago.

Three men remain at large.

 

INITIAL REPORT, 10.25am:  Another ram raid has hit the Tweed and this time they almost got away with an ATM full of cash.

The Pottsville BCU ATM was ripped entirely from the wall overnight.

Police are currently at the Coronation St scene waiting for investigators to arrive.

The BCU manager refused to comment.

It's understood police have caught one of the culprits.

More updates to come from police within the hour.

Topics:  bank robbery, tweed police


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Battle over North Coast lake road continues

BATTLE FOR ROAD: Lennox Head's Stop the Lake Road Closure committee spokesperson Pip Carter (back, left) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres who has described the decision to close the road as odd.

Battle to keep road open is not over

Latest deals and offers

Police investigating Ballina incident

CAN you identify this man? Police would like to speak with him.

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Battle over North Coast lake road continues

BATTLE FOR ROAD: Lennox Head's Stop the Lake Road Closure committee spokesperson Pip Carter (back, left) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres who has described the decision to close the road as odd.

Battle to keep road open is not over

Local teen actor to star in cult horror

Nicholas Hamilton.

Nicholas Hamilton, 16, has cemented his Hollywood career

Where to see snow this week - it could be your last chance

The June snow at Guyra was measured at 5cm deep in some parts.

Looks like we'll get one more hit of frosty weather this winter

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

Sir Cliff Richard feels 'best' after sex abuse allegations

Sir Cliff Richard is 'back' to his best after sex abuse claims

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep