Ramraiders strike in Crawley and Subiaco overnight

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RAMRAIDERS struck twice within 30 minutes in Crawley and Subiaco early yesterday morning in crimes police do not believe are connected.

“They caused significant damage to an ANZ Bank ATM they tried to steal at the University of Western Australia’s Guild, and in the other crime backed a utility into a bicycle shop,” Senior Sergeant Peter Gilmour said.

At the university, a white 4WD, possibly an older-model Nissan Patrol suspected by police to be stolen, was seen driving on to the campus from about 3.05am.

Sgt Gilmour said the 4WD smashed into the ATM, but the raiders failed to remove the machine or obtain any cash.

The impact caused damage to the machine estimated about $150,000.

The 4WD was last seen heading east on Mounts Bay Road, Crawley.

About 30 minutes later, a white utility with a tray was reversed into the front of Bike More cycling shop on Rokeby Road, Subiaco.

Sgt Gilmour said the impact smashed two windows and some steps, before an undescribed man got out and loaded three electric bikes worth about $9000 in total into the tray.

The utility’s driver remained in the vehicle, which was similar to one stolen in Dalkeith the previous night, before it drove off in an unknown direction.

Sgt Gilmour said it was difficult to draw any connection between the crimes because they involved different vehicles.