Thieves have forced the&nbsp;closure of Helensburgh’s only bank, with a&nbsp;brazen pre-dawn ram raid leaving the branch in ruins.&nbsp; Residents of Parkes Street were startled from their sleep about 2.20am Wednesday, as a Nissan Patrol smashed inside the&nbsp;Illawarra Credit Union.&nbsp;The car took out the shop front and connected with the street-facing ATM, pushing it over.&nbsp; Neighbours have told police they saw two men get out of the car, with at least one entering the branch. The bank’s deputy CEO,&nbsp;Anthony Perkiss, said the men caused extensive damage,&nbsp;but walked away without a cent.&nbsp; “They’ve driven directly into the front of the building and&nbsp;they’ve attempted to removed [the ATM],&nbsp;but were unsuccessful,” he said.&nbsp; “After that I think they were startled by residents nearby and they got away in the motor vehicle.&nbsp; “No funds were removed. They didn’t actually get away with any money.”&nbsp; The ATM supply company&nbsp;was at the branch early Wednesday to remove the machine.&nbsp;A replacement is expected to be installed on Thursday.&nbsp; “The branch will be more than likely operational by Friday,” Mr Perkiss said.&nbsp; A worker from the company told the Mercury attacks on ATMs became more common in the lead-up to the festive season. “It wouldn’t be Christmas without a ram raid,” he said.&nbsp; The car involved in the raid has since been reported stolen. It was found destroyed&nbsp;a short distance from the bank, where Parkes Street meets bushland.&nbsp; “The vehicle was found on fire, a short distance away,”&nbsp;Wollongong police duty officer Acting Inspector Jacqui Davidson said.&nbsp;“It had been stolen some time the previous night.”&nbsp; Numerous people were turned away from the bank on Wednesday as the clean-up got underway.&nbsp; Resident Jodie Morris said the would-be thieves had left some in the suburb without any way of banking.&nbsp; “Some people don’t have cars so it will be hard –&nbsp;they’ll have to travel,” she said.&nbsp; Wollongong Local Area Command is investigating the events of the night.&nbsp;Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to assist police.