Wednesday 21 March 2018

Raider jailed for six years over €205k ATM theft

Brendan Furlong

A MAN who stole an ATM containing €205,000 from a service station has been jailed for six years.

Michael Berry (35), of Hillview, Carnew, Co Wicklow, stole the ATM and the cash from Maxol Service Station at Bellefield Road, Enniscorthy, on July 24, 2009.

He was also found guilty, after a trial last November, of stealing a vehicle, a trailer, a set of car keys, and of damaging the service station premises.

Wexford Circuit Criminal Court was told the Ulster Bank ATM had been forcibly removed and taken to a premises in Staplestown, Co Carlow, where the cash was divided between four gang members.

At the same court yesterday, Judge Barry Hickson said the four were equally culpable and the raid had been carried out with military precision.

The service station at Bellefield Road had been deliberately targeted and the raid required great organisation and assistance from all involved, the judge added.

Judge Hickson imposed a six-year term for the ATM raid, with a further six years for criminal damage.

Berry was also given a three-year term for burglary, three years for the unauthorised taking of motor vehicle, and two three-year terms for theft.

All of the sentences wlll run concurrently, with the final six months suspended for two years in respect of the ATM and damage to property.

Irish Independent

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