MALACCA: An attempt to break open an automated teller machine (ATM) at a hypermarket by "amateur thieves" proved futile and they left empty handed.
They only managed to break the front cover of the ATM machine and could not cut through its inner steel safety wall even with the use of an electric cutter.
The attempted theft at Bachang was believed to have occurred between 11pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.
The thieves hid in the hypermarket and waited for its close before striking.
Melaka Tengah deputy police chief Superintendent Muhammad Koey Abdullah said the burglary attempt was the work of more than one person.
"We believe this was not the work of professionals as they were only able to break the outer cover of the ATM machine," he said here yesterday.
"They managed to disarm the alarm system but were not able to cut through the steel plate protecting the money."
Koey said police were unable to retrieve any footage on the attempted burglary as the CCTV at the hypermarket was out of order at the time of the incident.
Meanwhile, state Criminal Investigation Department deputy chief Superintendent R. Gunarajan said no arrests had been made yet in relation to the RM350,000 break-in at a goldsmith in Jalan PMS1, Plaza Melaka Sentral here on Tuesday.
The theft occurred between midnight and 4am, with the suspects entering through the back door of a bridal shop. They then broke through the walls separating three other shops to gain access to the goldsmith.
They also removed the shop's CCTV.