The damage to the ATM at Sarina Bowls Club. Pictures: QPS
The damage to the ATM at Sarina Bowls Club. Pictures: QPS

Sarina thief uses three extension cords to cut into ATM

The Sarina Bowls Club is the latest to be targeted in a string of break and enters across the district in recent weeks.

A cleaner disturbed an intruder, who was wearing high-vis work clothes, inside the club on Patroyce Court about 5.15am Saturday.

Sarina police Sergeant Mick Jones said the offender was inside the club for about 30 minutes and had connected three extension power cords from a nearby shed to use a large cutting wheel to get into the ATM.

A cleaner at the Sarina Bowls Club disturbed a burglar using a circular cutting saw trying to get into an ATM in the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictures: QPS
A cleaner at the Sarina Bowls Club disturbed a burglar using a circular cutting saw trying to get into an ATM in the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictures: QPS

“They didn’t get any money,” Sgt Jones said.

A black Mitsubishi Triton dual cab ute was today recovered in Sarina and believed to have been used in the bowls club break-in.

Sgt Jones said forensic crews were examining the ute reported stolen from A&M Parts on Central St in Sarina.

A cleaner at the Sarina Bowls Club disturbed a burglar using a circular cutting saw trying to get into an ATM in the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictures: QPS
A cleaner at the Sarina Bowls Club disturbed a burglar using a circular cutting saw trying to get into an ATM in the early hours of Saturday morning. Pictures: QPS

It is believed to have been stolen overnight Friday or early Saturday morning, but was only discovered on Monday.

It was unclear if the bowls club break-in was linked to recent similar offences including Clermont and the destructive ram-raid at the West Mackay clubhouse in Walkerston.

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Sgt Jones urged anyone with information on either the ute theft or the bowls club break-in to phone Policelink on 131 444.