Detectives have labelled a brazen ram raid at Grand Cinemas Bunbury as a ‚Äústupid act‚ÄĚ that could have injured innocent people.
Thieves left a trail of destruction when they used a stolen utility to smash their way into the cinema complex about midnight on Wednesday.
Police believe multiple offenders then used various tools to smash an ATM, causing significant damage.
Bunbury detectives are investigating the brazen act and appealing for anyone with information to contact police.
Det. Sen. Const. Rob Travers said police were investigating and yet to confirm any possible links to similar incidents in the region.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs certainly a concern to police, not only the damage bill they‚Äôre causing to the businesses but also there is a risk they will injure innocent people or perhaps even themselves and we don‚Äôt want to see that,‚ÄĚ Det. Sen. Const. Travers said.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a stupid act … we‚Äôll continue to actively investigate them and we hope to bring it to a successful resolution.
‚ÄúIf anybody has any information, I would appeal for them to contact police to provide that information.‚ÄĚ
While he could not confirm how much damage was caused in last week‚Äôs burglary, Det. Sen. Const. Travers said the effect on the business owners was significant.
‚ÄúThe monetary expense is massive ‚Äď however also the impact upon those people working at the cinema is quite significant,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe same goes for the victims who own the vehicles ‚Äď that impacts on their everyday life and their ability to run their business.‚ÄĚ
The thieves used one of two white Hilux utilities stolen from a Capel business about an hour before the ram raid.
‚ÄúWhat I would appeal for is if anyone has seen those two vehicles … within the Bunbury region during those times, to contact police immediately,‚ÄĚ Det. Sen. Const. Travers said.
He said anyone with information could contact Crime Stoppers and rewards were offered.
To make a report through Crime Stoppers call 1800 333 000 or click here.