A 35-year-old West Gladstone man will appear in court in Gladstone this morning on two charges of theft from ATMs in western Queensland and the attempted stealing of an ATM at Bargara in the Bundaberg region.
Gladstone and Longreach detectives arrested the man for the alleged theft of a Jericho ATM overnight on August 21, and the theft of money from an Alpha ATM and the attempted stealing of an ATM at Bargara, between September 14 and 15.
In the case of the Jericho offence, police said a power tool was used to remove the money dispenser before dragging the machine along a verandah, where it's believed it was loaded onto the back of the vehicle.
They said it would likely have involved more than one person.
At Alpha, the ATM was destroyed where it stood.
The alleged offender is facing 36 charges including fraud, wilful damage, unlawful possession of weapons, stealing, possessing drugs and drug utensils, dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlicensed driving, evading police, entering a premises to commit an indictable offence and receiving tainted property.
After the vandalism in Alpha, Barcaldine Regional Council mayor Sean Dillon commented that the loss of the two ATMs would have a huge impact on the small communities, potentially causing permanent disruption if locals and visitors were unable to access cash.
"With the inability to access cash, people will not be spending in our communities, which will have a detrimental effect on our businesses, who have already been suffering after years of drought and now COVID-19."
Detectives would like to speak to anyone who can provide further information in relation to any these offences.
Quote this reference number: QP2001929640 within the online suspicious activity form.
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