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Digger used to steal ATM from Dungannon filling station - Fifth attack in months

Significant damage was caused to the building. Credit: PSNI
Significant damage was caused to the building. Credit: PSNI

Police are investigating after a digger was used to steal an ATM from a filling station in Dungannon on Sunday morning.

A digger was used to remove the "built in" cash machine from a filling station on the Ballygawley Road at around 4.15am causing substantial damage to the building.

Police believe the digger was stolen from a business a short distance away, which caused damage. The digger was set alight at the scene immediately after the theft.

Retail NI CEO Glyn Roberts said that the robbery was the fifth similar attack in the past few months.

“This is yet another disgraceful attack on one of our members . It is has caused extensive damage to a local retailer that provides an invaluable service to the local community," he said.

He said the attacks were becoming a "major problem" for local retailers.

"The PSNI need to redouble their efforts to put the criminal gangs behind these attacks in front of the courts,” Mr Roberts said.

“With so many bank branch closures in rural towns and villages in recent years, our members’ ATMs provide an invaluable service to their local communities.

“There is a real danger our members could start to remove these ATMs if these attacks continue, leaving many rural areas without the ability to access cash.”

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said police are looking to speak to anyone who saw a vehicle that may have been involved in the crime.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between 4am and 4:15am and saw what happened, or who has information which could assist our investigation to call us," he said.

"In particular, I am appealing to anyone who saw a jeep-type vehicle towing a trailer in the Gortlenaghan Road/Ballygawley Road areas around these times to get in touch with detectives in Omagh CID by calling 101, quoting reference 340 of 10/03/19."

"Alternatively information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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