Wednesday 22 May 2019

Two ATM machines recovered in Co Cavan found burnt out 'to destroy forensics'

Morning theft: Gardaí at the scene of a double ATM robbery on Main Street, Kells, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins
Morning theft: Gardaí at the scene of a double ATM robbery on Main Street, Kells, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Elaine Keogh

The gang behind the audacious theft of two ATMs using a digger in the early hours of Friday morning from Kells, Co Meath burnt them out in an effort to destroy any forensic evidence that might have been on them.

Both machines were found empty this morning in Co Cavan. They are believed to have contained over €200,000 having been filled in anticipation of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

A car, a jeep and a trailer also believed used by the raiders were also burnt out. They were discovered in a forested area near Barley Hill, Kingscourt close to the Meath border with Monaghan.

A senior garda source said that the burning of the items was intended to make it harder for any forensic evidence to be garnered from them.

Specially trained Scenes of Crime gardai examined the scene yesterday and gardai have appealed for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Barley Hill area from Friday night until Saturday morning to contact them at Kells Garda Station or on the Garda Confidential Line.

Meanwhile the owner of a popular garage and shop in Termonfeckin, county Louth, has said it was "a massive decision" to put the ATM on the exterior of his premises out of service.

Ray Madden said he did it for security reasons after the spate of ATM thefts and he will put it back into service when "the situation is under control." The ATM inside the shop is fully operational.

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