Locals in Clunes were heartbroken when they woke on Sunday to see their newsagency trashed by theives with a front-end loader.
The equipment was stolen from Creswick about 90 minutes before the 5.30am attempt to steal a 650kg ATM.
jane Lesock from Mt Beckworth Wines over the road says its destroyed a shopfront straight from the goldrush era and left the town with few banking options.
Image (above): Hepburn Shire Council
The main street of Clunes - including the newsagency - has been used in many films and TV programs including Picnic at Hanging Rock.