ATM raiders have to be caught, says Northern Ireland retail chief
Police must strive to ensure convictions over a new spate of ATM raids outside shops in rural areas, a retail chief has said.
Glyn Roberts was speaking after a meeting with the PSNI yesterday to discuss the growing problem of cash machine thefts here.
Raids - including six in the last six months, four of which were in the last month alone - have occurred across counties Antrim, Armagh, Down and Tyrone.
Retail NI boss Mr Roberts said he was "satisfied" the PSNI is treating the matter seriously, amid concerns that local communities will pay the price if retailers remove outdoor ATMs from their premises due to the raids.
"These robberies have cost our members hundreds of thousands of pounds and the criminal gangs behind them belong behind bars for a very long time," he said.
Mr Roberts said that a dedicated team of detectives is probing the crime spree and associated criminality following recent ATM thefts, adding that it's a step in the right direction.