1 April – A pensioner who took issue with a faulty ATM machine allegedly returned the following day to smash it with a crow bar and blow it up
Ivan Edwards, 71, has been charged after he was allegedly caught on CCTV footage destroying an ANZ bank ATM in Geelong, a city 100km south-west of Melbourne.
The footage shows a man in a bright fluoro orange jumper approach the ATM with a torch and smash the machine with a crow bar.
Mr Edwards was seen being led from his home pushing a walking frame to a waiting police car where he was taken into custody
‘It wasn’t me, I wasn’t there and I didn’t do it,’ Mr Edwards could be heard saying.
The man in the footage smashes the ATM several times with a crowbar
The man then allegedly pours petrol onto the ATM
The ATM and surrounding wall is engulfed in flames as the man is seen fleeing the scene
Flames engulf the ATM machine and the surrounding wall destroying the machine and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars damage
The man in the footage then allegedly poured petrol on the ATM’s keys, screen and on the ground before walking away and flicking a match at the foot of the machine.
Police told 9 News that Mr Edwards had unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw cash from the ATM on Pakington Street on Tuesday.
They will allege Mr Edwards returned to the ATM at 2.30am on Wednesday to carry out the attack with the crowbar.
Following an inspection of Mr Edwards home on Wednesday, police allege they found the crowbar and petrol can used and the same shoes and jumper seen in the CCTV footage.
Police told 9 News that Mr Edwards had unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw cash from the ATM on Pakington Street on Tuesday
Mr Edwards was charged with criminal damage and is expected to appear in court on Friday