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Digger used to steal cash machine from Co Armagh petrol station

Published 06/11/2015

The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker
The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker
The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker
The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker
The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker
The digger was stolen to carry out the raid. Pic Pacemaker

A digger has been used to steal a cash machine from a Co Armagh petrol station.

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.

Detective Constable Sarah Lyttle said, “It is believed at this stage that heavy machinery was stolen from a building site on the Camlough Road at around 3.30am this morning, and then used to remove an ATM machine from the wall of a filling station nearby.

"The machinery was set on fire following the incident, blocking the road, which remains closed at this time as we carry out our enquiries.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which may assist our investigation to contact detectives in Ardmore on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Newry and Armagh Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy condemned the theft.

Mr Kennedy said: "This is the second similar attack in six years on a well-respected family run business.

“To compound their crime, the robbers then set heavy machinery on fire in the middle of the Newry to Camlough Road, which created major traffic disruption on Friday morning.  

“I would appeal to anyone who can assist the Police to catch those responsible, or who saw any suspicious activity in the Camlough Road, Bessbrook around 03:30 on Friday morning, to contract the Police immediately.”

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