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Police believe ATM man on legitimate business

Published: 3:01PM Wednesday July 29, 2009 Source: NZPA

A man snapped by a security camera taking measurements at night in front of a Northland automatic teller machine appears to have been on legitimate business, police say.

The camera caught the man using a metal tape measure to gauge the distance between two posts just in front of a bank ATM in Dargaville.

The incident happened between 7.30pm and 8pm on June 17, but the man's identity and intentions had remained mysteries to bank staff and police.

However, publicity about the case resulted in a person coming forward.

Northland police communications manager Sarah Kennett says police were still in the process of checking details but it appeared the man's actions had been above board.

"At the moment it's looking like no offence has occurred," she says.

Exactly what the man was doing at the time was something police were trying to confirm, "but on the face of it, it appears to be legitimate".

The National Bank released a statement late on Wednesday, saying that the confusion was due to a communications mix up between the branch and the head office.

They say the work was legitimate and that the man was employed by a contractor carrying out a branding audit at the bank.

Staff at the branch had been unaware the audit was being carried out.

ONE News would like to hear from the mystery man or anyone who knows him.

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