AN ATTEMPTED ram-raid on the Harwood Roadhouse on Tuesday night was foiled when the owner of the premises caught the thieves in the act.
The owner told police he was sleeping in the rear of the premises around 2am on Wednesday when he was woken by a loud noise.
He said he decided to investigate after he felt the building 'shudder'.
He said to police after he entered the premises from the rear he saw one man standing next to the ATM which had a steel cable, similar to a trawler lead-line, attached to it. He confronted the man, who ran off into a vehicle which was being driven by another man, before it drove off heading south on the Pacific Highway.
Police said nothing was stolen in the attack although the building suffered minor damage.
The owner described the man to police as wearing blue jeans and a black balaclava. He was around 160-165cm tall.
The car was described as an old-style Datsun or Nissan tray-back utility.