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Police nab ATM robbery gang

Over the last year, nine ATMs were allegedly accessed by two men, who developed a knack for breaking into shopping centres via the roof.
Over the last year, nine ATMs were allegedly accessed by two men, who developed a knack for breaking into shopping centres via the roof.

TWO men arrested over a series of ATM heists in south east Queensland were in the country on working visas, police have revealed.

Detectives intercepted the alleged offenders, who had been under surveillance, as they fled their ninth robbery - an ATM in Apsley.

One of the men, a 38-year-old from Albany Creek, was bitten on the leg by a police dog during the arrest and is currently in hospital.

Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe said both were UK citizens and police were investigating whether there was any international link to the alleged crime ring.

Police zeroed in on the men after "exhaustive detective work", he said.

Det Insp Vercoe declined to say how much the men had allegedly stolen but said it was "significant".

He estimated the amount of damage caused by the break-ins was $250,000.

A 34 year old man from Helensvale will appear in court this morning charged with four counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

The taskforce Operation Dodgeball was set up in July to target the ATM robberies.

All of the ATMs belonged to Suncorp and police investigations are continuing.

Detectives intercepted the alleged offenders, who had been under surveillance, as they fled their ninth robbery – an ATM in Apsley. File picture
Detectives intercepted the alleged offenders, who had been under surveillance, as they fled their ninth robbery – an ATM in Apsley. File picture

EARLIER: Detectives have closed a major operation into a series of brazen ATM heists across Brisbane.

Over the last year, nine ATMs were allegedly accessed by two men, who developed a knack for breaking into shopping centres via the roof.

Last night, the pair - aged 34 and 38 - allegedly tried to rob an ATM at Aspley, on Albany Creek Road, putting an end to the long-running Operation Papa Dodgeball.

The Dog Squad pounced on the men and one was bitten by a canine.

A 34-year-old man from Helensvale will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning charged with various offences including four counts of enter a premises and commit an indictable offence.

A second man, 38, from Albany Creek will be charged later today and appear before court at a later date charged with nine counts of enter a premises and commit an indictable offence and obstructing police.

Topics:  atm robbery


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