Mystery ATM off Pt Henry

Dylan Nickelson's photo of an ATM dumped off Point Henry.

By Luke Voogt

An ATM stranded off Point Henry caught the attention of Newcomb maintenance manager Dylan Nickelson on Tuesday.

“I was taking the dog for its afternoon stroll,” the 41-year-old told the Independent on Wednesday.

“I live in Newcomb and it’s a nice spot just within my five-kilometre COVID zone.

“Walking along the beach … I spotted something in the shallows at a distance.

“At first I thought it was a dumped couch.

“When Minnie – my dog – and I were about 50 metres away, I realised it was an ATM. I had a laugh to myself wondering how it got there.

“Did it float in to shore or was it dumped? However it got there, I had to capture a photo to share with my friends.”

Mr Nickelson is a regular in the area, especially while working at home during COVID-19.

“It’s a great place to walk the dog and get out on the water in my kayak for the short paddle across to Eastern Beach,” he said.

“The old saltworks and Alcoa site give it a gritty industrial charm. As do the occasional burnt out car or wayward ATM that you find there.”

Geelong Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie confirmed police were investigating the mystery behind the ATM, which he said was taken from a venue in central Geelong.

“We’re scrolling through some CCTV footage, we know where it’s from and the business is assisting us.”

He urged anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.