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Co Antrim man accused of £60k ATM raid granted bail

Forensics at the scene after a ATM theft on the Tully Road near Crumlin on Tuesday, April 30.
Forensics at the scene after a ATM theft on the Tully Road near Crumlin on Tuesday, April 30.

By Paul Higgins

A Co Antrim man, allegedly part of an organised crime gang who stole an ATM containing almost £60k, has been granted bail.

David McClurkin (23), from Craighill in Antrim, appeared on videolink at Antrim Magistrates Court facing three charges arising from an incident at a garage on Nutts Corner on April 30 this year, including theft of an ATM worth £75,090, criminal damage and arson of a stolen digger used to carry out the theft.

A co-accused, 21-year-old Patrick Close from Camlin Park in Crumlin, was freed in High Court bail a few weeks ago.

A third man allegedly involved, Lee Wilson (31) from Benview Drive in Belfast, remains in custody.

As well as being accused of stealing the ATM which was worth £16,000 and contained £59,090, Close and Wilson are also accused of the theft of the Hitachi excavator used to smash the ATM from the wall and aggravated car theft relating to a blue Land Rover Defender.

Wilson is further accused of driving the stolen jeep without a licence and without insurance.

Previous courts have heard police evidence that at around 3.30 am, the Hitachi digger was stolen from a nearby field before being used to steal the ATM and drop it into the Land Rover defender.

That jeep had been stolen from a property on Flush Road and it’s roof cut open said the officer, adding that four people were involved in the smash and grab.

Shortly after the ATM was stolen, the defender jeep crashed into a hedgerow on the Lylehill Road and Wilson was arrested.

In court on Tuesday, Judge Broderick freed McClurkin on his own bail of £500 with a surety of £1,000.

He also ordered the alleged thief to observe a curfew, be electronically tagged and to report to police twice a week. He told McClurkin he was only allowed one mobile phone which could not access the internet and which must be registered with the PSNI.

McClurkin was also barred from contacting his two co-accused and a fourth man whom police did not name but who was described as a “person of interest.”

Wilson is due to appear again on 27 August via videolink and all three will appear on 24 September.

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