Gardai advise owners of machinery to 'please take every step possible' to secure vehicles after ATM robberies
GARDAÍ have pleaded with owners of heavy plant machinery to "please take every possible step to secure your vehicles" following a spate of ATM robberies.
Criminal groups have been stealing diggers and other similar machinery to carry out the robberies.
"If they cannot steal diggers and other similar machinery, they cannot tear out ATMs. This will also mean that these expensive pieces of machinery are not destroyed or burnt out after they are stolen," a garda spokesman said.
"We also appeal to members of the public who see any unusual movement of plant machinery, commercial jeeps, or pickup trucks during night time hours to report such activity immediately to An Garda Siochana.
"Do not assume somebody else has already made the call. You can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025."
Two ATMs were ripped from separate banks in Kell's, Co Meath in the early hours of this morning.
The digger and tractor used in the raids were stolen overnight in separate counties. The digger was taken from a field in Meath, while the JCB fastrac tractor and trailer, used to transport the excavator to the scene, were stolen in the Louth area.
An alert was issued to gardai in surrounding counties in relation to the robbery and descriptions of the getaway vehicles, but they have not yet been recovered.
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Two similar robberies of cash machines were carried out in Antrim and Armagh overnight, bringing to 18 the number of ATM raids on both sides of the border so far this year.