Ingrid Oskarsen, from Bangalow, is cautious when she uses an ATM, but is not overly worried about using them.
Ingrid Oskarsen, from Bangalow, is cautious when she uses an ATM, but is not overly worried about using them.

Robbery shakes Ballina ATM users

By BREE PRICE and ADAM HICKS

BALLINA Automatic Teller Machine users say they will be more security conscious after a woman was robbed seconds after using the St George Bank ATM, in River Street on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old woman withdrew cash at about 6.30pm and was leaving the ATM when a man allegedly approached her, grabbed her bag and pushed her to the ground.

The woman was helped by two passers-by while the alleged robber fled the scene.

Police later charged a 30-year-old Ballina man with robbery.

St George Bank customers Noni Daw and Helen Lickiss, both of Ballina, said the robbery made them more wary of people around them while using an ATM.

"I'll definitely watch what I'm doing and make sure no-one is looking at me," Ms Lickiss said.

"I put the cash straight in my wallet and my wallet straight in my bag."

Ingrid Oskarsen, of Bangalow, said she was surprised by the robbery.

"I have always thought of Ballina as a safe place," she said

"I'm surprised to hear that's happening here.

"I do most of my banking at the ATM. I always use this one.

"I'm careful putting in my PIN and always collect the money straight away."

Robyne Reynolds, of East Ballina, said she was worried by the alleged incident because she often used the same ATM after business hours.

"I do normally use the ATM after hours because it is so hard to get a park in the main street," Ms Reynolds said.

"It's a worry. I'm not a scared person, but that doesn't mean you can't be sensible.

"I always look over my shoulder. I think you have to take responsibility for yourself."

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