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Man refused bail after ATM robbery at Pottsville

The ATM at Pottsville was pulled out by thieves overnight. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
The ATM at Pottsville was pulled out by thieves overnight. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

THE man who helped rip an ATM from a Pottsville BCU branch will remain in custody even though he was granted bail at the Murwillumbah Court House.

Steven Ferguson, 27, failed to come up with the $10,000 bail money yesterday.

If the Runcorn man does not come up with the cash he will remain behind bars until January 22 for his hearing at Lismore.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Inspector Jason Dowds said Ferguson did not say anything to give his three accomplices away.

"He admitted his involvement," he said.

"Inquires are still being made."

On Tuesday night, about 2.20am, an ATM full of cash was dragged 3km before it was recovered by police after an early morning ram raid.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said a car was used to dislodge an ATM from its mount.

Four men offenders drove away with the ATM.
 

Two men left in a Holden Commodore while the other two left in a Toyota ute.

But they didn't get away for too long, police intercepted both cars on Tweed Coast Rd.

"The utility vehicle has then driven at the police car to intimidate them," he said.

"The utility then drove off and police engaged in a pursuit."

A chase quickly ended because of public safety concerns.

The two male occupants of the Toyota fled the scene.

Police from Traffic and Highway Patrol located the other Holden Commodore on Tweed Coast Rd where Ferguson was arrested and his co-offender escaped into the bushes.

The ATM and other items were recovered, they will undergo forensic examination.

Police are currently in the early stages of investigating but Acting Insp Wiseman said they would be investigating if there was a link between Hastings Point ram raid just 14 days ago.

Three men remain at large.
 

Topics:  atm, bail, robbery


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