For the second time in a month, thieves have targetted city-owned bank machines.
Last month, a pair of theives got away with the Spirit Square ATM at the Harbour Quay, then yesterday morning someone broke into the Multiplex to attempt a similar heist.
City CAO Tim Pley said someone had forced entry through a roof hatch and activated the security alarm.
They tried to dislodge the stand-alone ATM but abandoned the theft, perhaps as police and city staff responded to the alarm.
Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call Port Alberni RCMP.