ATM stolen from wall of bank by digger in the early hours
An ATM was stolen from the wall of a bank in Co Monaghan using a digger in the early hours of the morning.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident which occurred at a Bank of Ireland in Main Street, Ballybay at around 3am.
Three masked men are believed to be involved in the raid, which only lasted a couple of minutes.
The digger was towed to the scene by a tractor and trailer and a large SUV with trailer carried the removed ATM away.
The SUV, which could possibly be a Toyoto Land Cruiser, travelled in the direction of Cootehill or Carrickmacross.
An investigation in underway into how much money was being held in the ATM at the time of the theft.
An ATM can hold more than €100,000 but money had been withdrawn after it had last been filled.
The tractor was set on fire at the scene, which is now sealed off and traffic diversions are in place in the area.
Many locals in the Monaghan town came out to witness the destruction of the premises for themselves.
"The damage that these guys inflicted last night is just incredible," Mary Nolan said.
"It’s clear that they were well prepared and had enough experience to pull something like this off.
"It’s a very shocking sight, but thank God no one was killed or injured."
Thomas O’Brien told Independent.ie that this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened in recent years .
"About three years ago, criminals pulled two side-by-side ATMs out of a bank in Cootehill. I suppose small villages and towns are the most vulnerable to these type of crimes due to a small police presence.
"The guards seem to be on top of this incident anyway so I’m sure the people responsible will be caught soon enough."