A SUSPECTED automated teller machine (ATM) bomb blast has closed Secret Harbour Shopping Centre today.
According to reports staff from Brumby's Bakery arrived at work at 4.30am where damage was found to the front of the ANZ ATM on the outside of the shopping centre.
The Tactical Response Group was called to cordon off the centre on Warnbro Sound Avenue and Anstey Road before the Regional Investigation Unit and Mandurah detectives arrived.
At this stage the blast has not been confirmed as a bomb, but is suspected as such.
The incident follows a similar ATM blast at a shopping centre in Riverton on Friday where a substance was used to blast into the ATM.
It is not yet known if any money was taken in the Secret Harbour incident.
Staff from Woolworths, Donut King and other retailers in the shopping centre stood outside the building on standby, waiting to hear if the centre could be reopened.
One staff member said the blast had put a hole in the wall on the inside of the shopping centre.
Police media spokesperson sergeant Gerry Cassidy said a business owner alerted police early in the morning.
“The business owner said they didn’t hear or see anything prior to coming across the damage,” he said.
The blast is believed to have occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.
Just 30 minutes after police were notified of the Secret Harbour damage another ATM blast was recorded 55 kilometres away in Willetton at the Southlands Shopping Centre.
Sgt Cassidy said it is possible the two incidents are linked.
“There could have been enough time [to go between the two locations] but at this stage nothing is clear,” he said.
The carpark on the northern side of the shopping centre is cordoned off and police remain on the scene.
It could be weeks before police are able to identify the cause of the blast.