Thieves cut open bowls club ATM
BRAZEN thieves trashed poker machines and an automatic teller machine at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club late on Tuesday night, but failed to gain access to a large safe and the club’s strongroom.
Club president Col Mackay was visibly upset by the mess and said there was considerable damage.
He was unsure of the amount of money the thieves had got away with.
“At this stage we’re just waiting for the police to go through the closed circuit television footage and we hope to reopen as soon as possible,” he said.
Police believe that a number of offenders arrived at the rear of the club in a car sometime on Tuesday night and gained access to the building through the roof.
They suspect the offenders were at the premises for a number of hours.
Police have established a crime scene and are investigating.
Security guards were alerted about 12.30pm when an alarm was triggered at the licensed club, located on the old Pacific Highway just south of the coastal township.
The thieves managed to cut open the club’s ATM dispenser and remove the cash.
They also jemmied open a number of poker machines and got away with an undisclosed sum of money.
Police said their attempts to open two large safes were unsuccessful.
The break-in comes as new figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reveal a 9.8 per cent drop in break and enters in the Richmond-Tweed region during the past year.
Investigating police are appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, or has any information about the incident, to contact Byron Bay Police on 66859499 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.