Monday 21 October 2019

Stolen ATMs burned after €200,000 theft

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Elaine Keogh

The gang behind the audacious theft of two ATMs using a digger in Co Meath last week burned them to destroy forensic evidence.

Both machines, which were stolen from Kells in the early hours of Friday, were found empty yesterday morning.

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They are believed to have contained more than €200,000, having been filled in anticipation of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

A car, a 4x4 and a trailer also believed to have been used by the raiders were also burned out.

All were found in a forested area near Barley Hill, Kingscourt, close to the Meath/Monaghan border.

A senior Garda source said the items were destroyed to make it harder for any forensic evidence to be recovered.

Meanwhile, the owner of a garage and shop in Termonfeckin, Co Louth, has said had taken "a massive decision" to put the ATM outside his premises out of service.

Ray Madden said he did it for security reasons after the spate of ATM thefts and he would put it back into service when "the situation is under control".

Irish Independent

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