Thousands stolen from ATM in red zone
Thieves have smashed a hole in a wall and stolen thousands of dollars from an ATM machine in a red-zoned building left without power since the earthquakes.
Police were yesterday called to the old PSIS building in Armagh St by workmen who discovered the burglary.
Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said a "large sum" of money had been stolen from the machine. He would not discuss figures other than to say it totalled thousands of dollars in cash.
The ATM machine, owned by ANZ, was inside a secure room and hidden from prying eyes by large sheets of plywood.
It appeared the thieves had entered through the front door of the PSIS building and then smashed a hole through an office wall to get to the machine. They had then jemmied the back off the machine and stolen the cash.
"It's unusual - it doesn't happen every day, he said.
It appears the ATM has been out of action since the 2011 earthquake and has been sitting there without power on."
Police were unsure when the crime was committed. Red-zone cordons in the area were lifted at the end of June. Investigators had gathered "items of interest".
"I'm pretty confident we'll be able to solve it," Quested said.
An ANZ spokesman said the amount stolen could not be revealed for security reasons.
"We tried to gain access to the ATM a number of times since the earthquake but were unable until very recently due to the red-zone cordon," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400.
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