Murupara Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen a black 2019 Ford Everest SUV in Murupara or the surrounding areas.
Police say the vehicle was involved in the burglary of the Murupara New Zealand Credit Union Central on Pine Drive, Murupara at about 3am on Monday.
It was towing a distinctive single axle galvanised Prescott trailer with a side-loading ramp.
The vehicle and trailer are believed to have travelled in tandem with a front-end log loader to the town centre immediately prior to the burglary.
“The log loader had been stolen from the log yard then used to commit the burglary in the town centre by damaging the front of the building and lifting the ATM onto the waiting trailer,” says a police spokesperson
“The log loader was then left at the scene as the offenders drove off.”
The ATM and trailer were recovered on nearby Kopuriki Road, about 8km from the town centre.
“The ATM had fallen from the moving trailer. The trailer was discarded further down the road.
“This burglary will have a huge impact on the Murupara community as this was the only ATM in the township.
“New Zealand Credit Union Central is the only banking facility in the community.”
Anyone with information on the vehicle or the burglary itself is urged to contact Sergeant Bryan Newcombe at Murupara Police on (07) 366 1170, or share anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.