A man is being held by police after an automatic teller machine was allegedly stolen from a shopping centre in Greenwood this morning.
Perth has been blighted by a number of ATM incidents in the past year, including blasts and explosives rigged to blow up cash machines and earthmoving equipment stolen in attempts to dislodge machines, break into them or steal them.
Police were called to the Greenwood Village Shopping Centre about 5.25am after reports that a 4WD was used to force entry through the front doors.
Police allege men then stole an ATM from inside the shopping centre.
Officers apprehended one man at the scene and say a second man left, possibly in a second car.
A crime scene is in place at the Greenwood centre while detectives and forensic officers carry out their inquiries.
Early in the new year, police set up a dedicated taskforce called Operation Boiler after a spate of ATM explosions in Perth and the Peel region.
Just before Christmas, the bomb squad was called to dismantle a crude explosive device in Rockingham in what was becoming an increasingly common occurrence.
It is not known how many, if any, of the explosions, attempted thefts and other ATM crimes are linked.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.