'Vigilant' public praised for alerting police to raid on ATM
A senior police officer has praised vigilant members of the public who alerted the PSNI that a digger was being used to steal an ATM in Co Antrim.
The information led to police arresting two men following the theft of the cash machine from a service station at Nutts Corner during the early hours of yesterday.
Det Supt Rachel Shields said: "At around 3.30am, we received reports from a number of vigilant members of the public that a digger was being used to remove an ATM from the premises on the Tully Road. We immediately directed a significant number of resources to the area.
"Two men, aged 26 and 31, were detained and remain in custody being questioned on suspicion of theft and a number of other offences. I would like to thank the local people and also take this opportunity to renew our appeal for any suspicious activity noticed around ATMs or building sites to be reported to police on 999.
"I want to remind anyone who owns or uses heavy plant machinery to take every possible step to secure and immobilise them. If criminals cannot steal diggers, they cannot tear out ATMs."
DS Shields thanked those living and working in the Tully Road and Nutts Corner area, as well as commuters travelling yesterday morning for their patience during the road closures.
"However, this does not mean we will be complacent, as we recognise there are a number of gangs carrying out these attacks on ATMs and the threat of more thefts is very real," she added.