TWO-ARM bandits attacked ‘one-armed bandits’ in an early morning break-in at the Warrnambool RSL in Liebig Street yesterday.
About $5500 in coins and notes were stolen from 11 poker machines in the raid.
Two male offenders broke into the club’s gaming room about 3am by smashing a window on the southern side of the club.
Senior Constable Kim Wheeler of Warrnambool police said the break-in was captured on CCTV but both men had concealed their faces.
She said the offenders were in the gaming room for about half-an-hour and scooped the money into bags before fleeing.
About half the money taken was in coins so anyone in possession of a large quantity of coins who normally does not have access to such a large amount is of interest to police, she said.
Anyone with information should contact the Warrnambool criminal investigation unit, she said.
Senior Constable Wheeler said the break-in was discovered by a cleaner about 7am yesterday.
A spokesman for the club said all of the damaged poker machines were back in operation by the time the gaming room opened at 11am.
Warrnambool RSL sub-branch president John Miles said the break-in was the first he could recall during his 20 years of involvement with the sub-branch.
Recent figures released by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation show the sub-branch has 24 poker machines.
The figures also show that net spending on poker machines, or gambling losses, at the sub-branch declined by more than $120,000 during 2013-2013, down from $831,538.69 in 2011-2012 to $711,004.28 in 2012-2013.