An ATM engineer who bought himself a new sports car for Christmas days after emptying a cash dispenser of more than £26,000 has been convicted.
Darren Cooper (44) was found guilty of theft and money laundering. It took the Belfast Crown Court jury three hours' deliberation over two days to unanimously convict the 44-year-old of the nine charges he had denied.
Belfast Recorder, Judge David McFarland, said since Cooper's crimes involved a serious breach of trust, he should be remanded into custody before sentencing next month.
The ATM engineer from Glenisland Terrace in Carrickfergus, had denied the theft of £26,760 from a dispenser at the Spar store in Drumaness, Co Down, laundering the stolen cash and perverting justice by getting a businessman to provide a false statement to police, stating he loaned him £19,000.
During his five day trial, prosecution counsel Sam Magee told the court that Cooper was an engineer for the RMS Group - the company responsible for maintaining and stocking ATMs across Northern Ireland.