Thursday 19 September 2019

Further arrests made after attempted ATM raid in Cavan

The scene of the foiled raid. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The scene of the foiled raid. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

THREE men have been arrested after gardaí carried out further searches following an attempted ATM theft in Co Cavan last week.

An estimated €100,000 in cash was also recovered during the searches in Co Meath yesterday evening.

Two men in their 30s, with an address in Northern Ireland, were arrested on suspicion of offences contrary to section 73 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 and are detained in accordance with the provisions of section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Kells Garda Station.

A third man (28) was arrested for money laundering offences and is detained under section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Navan Garda Station.

Shortly after 2.30am last Wednesday, armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) landed on Main St, Virginia, Cavan just as a digger was being prepared to rip an ATM from the wall of a building.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested at the scene is currently detained at Bailieborough Garda Station.

Two men who were previously arrested, ages 25 and 61, were released without charge yesterday and a file is currently being prepared for the DPP.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

The arrests come as a significant development for gardai and PSNI officers who believe a gang is suspected of up to half a dozen cross-Border ATM raids this year.

In May, a spokesperson for the PSNI said they have carried out 41 searches, 15 arrests recovered tens of thousands of pounds after a spate of ATM raids across Northern Ireland and the border counties at the beginning of the year.

The raids led to fears that banks would withdraw ATMs from rural locations.

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