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Cops bank on ATM river find

By Riverine Herald

POLICE believe someone has the missing information which could solve the ATM theft in Moama.

It comes after pieces of a Wakool ATM and firearms were located in the Edward River and irrigation channels after a five-day forensic search in Deniliquin.

Detectives are investigating a series of aggravated break-ins and ram raids as part of Strike Force Burrandoot, established by State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Murray River Police District.

Possible links between ATM thefts in Moama and Wakool are being investigated, with earthmoving equipment used to steal cash from an ATM at Moama Marketplace on February 25 and cash from another at a licenced premises in Wakool on February 20.

The strike force conducted a forensic search after a 69-year-old man located what looked like parts of an ATM while he was riding his bicycle on Lawson Syphron Rd, Deniliquin on May 19.

Strike Force Burrandoot investigators and NSW police divers started a forensic search along irrigation channels in the Edward River from May 20-24.

Parts were seized and later identified as part of the Wakool ATM, stolen about 2.30am on February 20, police located a Toyota Hilux ute and stolen parts of firearms that day from the Edward River near Deniliquin.

Robbery and serious crime squad commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, urged those in the community with more information about the robberies to come forward.

‘‘We are continuing to forensically examine items located... and while we await those results, we call on the public for their assistance,’’ Det Supt Doherty said.

‘‘The community is one of our greatest assets in investigations and we believe there are people out there who may know more, but for some reason, have not made contact.

‘‘These ATM thefts are the work of thugs. Our investigators will not stop until they apprehend those responsible for these brazen acts and put them before the courts.’’

Following further inquiries, A crime scene warrant was also executed at a caravan park in Deniliquin.

During these searches, investigators located and seized firearms and firearm parts, believed to have been stolen, to undergo forensic examination.

Det Supt Doherty said Strike Force Burrandoot investigators will continue to liaise with Victoria Police as they continue their investigations into the robbery.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Burrandoot investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Information is treated in strict confidence. Police have reminded the public not to report crime via NSW police social media pages.