Sunday 23 July 2017

Criminal gang attempt to blow up ATM machine in bungled effort to steal cash

The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare.
The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A fire at an ATM machine in Celbridge in the early hours of this morning is suspected of being an attempt by a criminal gang to blow it up in the hope of releasing cash from it.

An alarm on the machine at the Ulster Bank on the Main Street of the Kildare town activated at 4.20am and the ATM was found to be damaged and scorched when it was inspected by gardai.

The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare.
The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare.

The incident is identical in nature to an attempt to blow up the same machine on December 3 last year at 4.40am.

Weeks earlier, on November 8 2014, a number of men attempted to burst into the ATM but again failed.

Gardai are now investigating if the same gang could be responsible for the latest attack on the cash-laden machine.

No money was removed from the ATM but black burn marks were visible on it around the slot where the cash is usually dispensed.

The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare
The scene of a suspected attempted robbery at the Ulster Bank ATM in Celbridge Co.Kildare

The plastic section on top of the machine which usually bears the name of the bank was also missing, apparently blown off in the explosion.

Gardai sealed off the scene pending a forensic examination.

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