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Monday, December 3, 2012 117298 122104 Vol 41, No 96 General 271 8000 Classi ed 271 8055 Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 Website www.times.co.nz $5 GROUP FITNESS CLASSES Present this ad to redeem discount. Expires 16/12/2012 Phone 274 4666 (Botany) or 273 4470 (East Tamaki) 119199-V3 102705-v2 Est. 1972 ATHIEF who went to great trouble to steal a money withdrawal machine may have got a shock when he forced it open and found it was empty. The unidentifed man was flmed on security cam- era when stealing an ATM machine from inside Singha Restaurant and Bar in High- land Park last Wednesday. Constable Lauren Harding- Parkins, of Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit, is investigating the theft, which happened at about 3.50am. The ATM sto- len from the Pakuranga Road business is worth $13,500. “It appears he forced open the bar’s front doors to gain access to the premises,” Ms Harding-Parkins told the Times. “The ATM is inside the restaurant near the bar. He’s gone inside with a workman’s trolley and used it to try to pick up the ATM. “He wasn’t able to do that, so he’s gone back outside and returned with what appears to be a thick rope connected to his vehicle. “It looks as though the man looped it around the top of the free-standing ATM, or he may have tied it to the machine. “He’s then gone back outside and driven off, ripping it out of the concrete foor and straight through the bar’s doors.” Ms Harding-Parkins says there are no drag marks on the ground outside the restaurant, indicating the burglar man- aged to get the ATM into his vehicle before leaving. “It’s not yet known if he had help, but he could have had someone driving the vehicle.” While the theft of ATM machines is rare, several simi- lar incidents were reported in Counties Manukau in 2011. The most recent raid tar- geting a money withdrawal machine was carried out at the end of last year. “There was no money inside the ATM when it was stolen, as the restaurant’s owner emp- ties its contents every night,” says Ms Harding-Parkins. “It’s only secured to the ground by four pins, which broke when the burglar pulled it with his car. “He took the whole thing, which is comprised of a com- puter, the safe and keypad.” Shops and businesses adja- cent to the bar from where the ATM was stolen were shut at the time of the burglary. “There was nothing open in the immediate area, but there were staff working at the Caltex service station in Pakuranga Road, as it’s open 24 hours,” Ms Harding-Par- kins says. “The Burger King may also be open all night, so there would have been people around.” The raid at Singha Restau- rant and Bar last Wednesday follows a series of crimes com- mitted in Highland Park in the past month. Two armed men allegedly held up O’Hagan’s Irish Pub and Grill in Dunrobin Place at about 10pm on November 20. The pair, carrying a sawn-off shotgun and pistol, demanded money from staff and stole cellphones and a wallet from patrons. They left the scene in a white Subaru motor vehicle, later found by police in Skill- ing Place, Farm Cove. Africa Highland Park bar was allegedly robbed by two men armed with a pistol and screwdriver at about 9.15pm on November 4. One of the men threatened a staff member and demanded the safe be opened. Highland Park Jeweller was targeted by a burglar at about 4.15am on November 21. The thief broke into the Pakuranga Road store by throwing a rock through a glass window before steal- ing between 25-30 expensive wristwatches. People with information on any of the criminal offences carried out in Highland Park since November 4 can phone Counties Manukau Police on 261-1300, or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111. Thief drives away with empty ATM SUMMER offcially started on Saturday and Santa Claus brought the sunshine as his present to Howick. Thousands turned out to see a magnifcent show of community as the Howick Santa Parade – as always – included hundreds of people involved in a wide variety of groups. Of the almost 50 foats in the parade, brought to the good people of Howick by the Howick Local Board, Times Newspapers and Howick Children’s Charitable Trust, Mellons Bay School was judged best school. Best children’s foat and display came from Bucklands Beach Sea Scouts Keas, while Howick Baptist Church and kindergarten was judged best religious participant. All Star Cheerleaders was best performance group, and the Auckland Junior Drum Group and Pakuranga Chinese Association was best cultural group. Look out for more photos in Thursday’s Times and on www.times.co.nz. Santa has gift of sunshine STAR ATTRACTION: Thousands greeted Santa Claus as he rolled into Howick. Times photo Wayne Martin T ➤ urntoPage3 T ➤ urntoPage2 Howick Courtesy Award winner announced See page 3 Police are investigating a series of robberies and burglaries that's seen four Highland Park businesses targeted by criminal offenders in the past month, reports CHRIS HARROWELL.
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