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Two charged over bank blast
The Bendigo Bank building in Waroona was destroyed in yesterday's blast. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Two men have appeared in court charged with blowing up an ATM at a Waroona bank yesterday.

A 34-year-old Medina man and a 38-year-old Rockingham man were among three people arrested after police executed a search warrant at a Safety Bay home yesterday afternoon.

The men are alleged to have used a stolen Holden Commodore ute to target an ATM at the Bendigo Bank on South Western Highway at 3.40am yesterday.

The car was found burnt out in a housing estate about 40km away in Coodanup at 7.30am.

The bank was destroyed by the explosion. Police closed part of the highway for several hours yesterday.

Officers yesterday were scrambling to collect dozens of $50 notes strewn along the roadside several kilometres away from the bank.

Cash allegedly stolen from the bank and drugs were allegedly found by police during the search of the Safety Bay property.

The 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of criminal damage by fire, aggravated burglary, sealing, possession of methylamphetamine with the intent to sell or supply, possession of cannabis and breaching bail.

The 34-year-old man has been charged with two counts of criminal damage, aggravated burglary, stealing and obstructing public officers.

Both men were remanded in custody after appearing in court today. They are due to reappear next month.

The third person was released without charge.

Police have urged anyone who saw the Holden Commodore ute before the incident yesterday to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The West Australian

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