A man trying to steal cash from ATMs has been using sheets and a closed sign to hide his devious scheme from prying eyes.

Police said the man had specifically targeted ATMs behind doors across Auckland's North Shore.

He strikes early in the morning by hanging drop sheets in the window to make it appear as if maintenance work is being completed.

Detective Sergeant Craig Taylor of the Waitemata police tactical crime unit is urging anyone who sees or passes an ATM area covered with a sheet and a closed sign to contact police immediately, especially if it is outside of business hours.


"We are also keen to hear about any suspicious person or persons seen loitering around ATM areas or someone carrying sheets who matches the man in the photos provided."

Anyone who knows or recognises the man is asked to call North Shore police on (09) 477 5000 and ask for Constable Charlotte Donaldson.

Information can also be provided anonymously via the independent Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111