Forensic officers, firefighters and the police bomb squad have been called to two ATMs explosions in Perth’s southern suburbs early this morning.
A Fire and Emergency Services Authority spokesman said firefighters were called to the first blast at Secret Harbour Shopping Centre on Warnbro Avenue, Secret Harbour, about 4.50am.
It is understood thieves were unsuccessful at the Secret Harbour ANZ ATM, but the blast left a big hole in the wall and widespread damage.
Secret Harbour shopping centre property manager Paul Testar said the centre had been closed this morning at the request of police.
“The earliest the shopping centre will be open will be 11am this morning, however (police) say a more realistic timetable for the shopping centre to be open is probably early this afternoon,” he said.
“That encompasses all shops in the shopping centre.”
The police spokesman said a second ATM explosion was reported about 30 minutes later at Southlands Boulevarde shopping centre on Burrendah Boulevard, Willetton.
The blast, which targeted a Bankwest ATM, has caused significant damage and a large section of the car park has been cordoned off.
Staff have gathered outside and most retail outlets remain closed.
Southlands Boulevarde centre manager Alison Bunn said the attempt to remove the ATM was unsuccessful.
She said the priority was the safety of customers and the centre would remain closed until cleared by authorities.
The blasts come as police investigate a similar explosion at Stocklands' Riverton Shopping Centre on High Road, Riverton, on Thursday.
In that explosion it is believed offenders used a gas type substance to try and remove the ATM from the wall, causing extensive damage to the machine and structural damage to the building.
Debris from the Riverton blast was found up to 40m away.
Police have refused to say if the blasts were linked.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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