ATM machine found after being ‘ripped from wall’
GARDAI have recovered a bank’s cash machine today after it was ripped from the wall of a branch in County Sligo.
Officers believe criminals who struck at 5.30am today in the centre of Tubbercurry later panicked as Gardai raced to the scene, leaving the ATM dumped and unopened in a field 15kms away.
The gang used a powerful Komatsu PC130 digger to smash a hole in the wall of the Bank of Ireland in Teeling Street.
The ATM was then loaded onto a trailer and driven off being towed by a white van.
The stolen digger was left at the scene of the crime, whilst the trailer, van and the unopened ATM were found dumped near Carrowneden 8kms away.
Gardai raced to the scene from Sligo town within minutes of the ATM theft.
Cllr Jerry Lundy praised Gardai for their quick response to the incident, with officers dispatched from Sligo town 20km away to deal with the incident.
“Everyone is in shock,” said the councillor.
“Unfortunately due to cutbacks to Garda resources criminal gangs believe rural Ireland is open for business. Thankfully on this occasion the money appears to have been recovered.”
By Greg Harkin