A WOULD-BE ATM thief has become the internet’s latest laughing stock after Queensland police launched a comical appeal to find the man in question.
Authorities posted surveillance footage, complete with a hilarious soundtrack, of the luckless thief’s attempt to steal an ATM at an Ingham Road, Townsville petrol station on Tuesday evening.
The footage shows a stolen 1997 white Holden Rodeo ute pulling up to the service station.
The man exits the car, throws a concrete block at the door, using what appears to be a mallet to smash in the final pieces.
He then grabs a long, metal chain and heads inside to rig it to the ATM.
But little does he know, the chain breaks, leaving the truck attached to ... nothing.
Completely oblivious, he gets in the truck, and pulls away ... with nothing.
Later, he returns to the scene of the crime and attempts theft number two, but the chain is too short and after a moment’s thought, surrenders the mission.
“The only problem for the offender was that he had not realised that his chain wasn’t attached and when he attempted to drive off he left the ATM behind,” Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Hicks said in a statement.
“Anyone with any information about the vehicle or the male should contact Crime Stoppers.”