Gardai foiled ATM robbery over bank holiday
Gardai prevented an ATM digger theft in Carlingford, Co Louth, over St Patrick's weekend.
A patrol in the border village noticed a car and its occupants 'acting suspiciously' close to the ATM on Newry Street. A senior garda source said that before gardai could approach the car, it left the scene at speed as around 3.30am on the Saturday.
Gardai suspected they had interrupted the early stages of an ATM digger theft. A stolen digger, trailer and van were later found a few kilometres from Carlingford on the Omeath road.
"The circumstances led us to believe they may have been in the early stages in attempting to take the ATM in Carlingford," the source said.
Meanwhile, Bank of Ireland and AIB opened their branches in Kells, Co Meath, yesterday after external ATMs were stolen last week.
Both opened from 10am-4pm and Bank of Ireland confirmed that plans to replace its ATM were "well under way".
The Retail Grocery Dairy and Allied Trades Association said all ATMs "should have tracking devices and these should be installed by the banks that own the machines".
A spokesperson said retailers were "dealing with crime every day in their stores and have huge concerns that unless shoplifting and fraud are tackled head on by gardai and the courts, we will continue to see these criminal elements moving on to more audacious theft".