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Man charged after ATMs stolen from supermarket

The incident occurred at the Tesco store in Antrim in the early hours of Friday.

The scene at a Tesco store in Antrim after an ATM machine was stolen (Paul Michael/PA)
The scene at a Tesco store in Antrim after an ATM machine was stolen (Paul Michael/PA)

By Cate McCurry, PA

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft of a double ATM from a supermarket in Antrim.

Thieves used a digger to steal the machines from a Tesco store on Friday.

The man has been charged with conspiracy to steal. Another man, 43, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal by detectives hours after the incident and was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

The Police Service Northern Ireland said they received a report of the theft just after 3am on Friday.

The machines were recovered a few miles away about half-an-hour later.

The man charged is expected to appear before Coleraine Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Paul Michael, who was mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey until May this year, told the PA news agency the incident was “an attack on the whole community”.

He said: “The location of (the) ATMs did not just service Tesco shoppers, but the residents of the whole town.

“A crime against the community.”

Mr Michael said the Tesco supermarket has since opened for business as usual.

Detective Chief Inspector McCubbin said: “Our investigation into this is ongoing and I continue to appeal to anyone who has any information that can assist us with our inquiries to contact detectives in Antrim.”

In a previous statement, Detective Inspector Richard Thornton urged the owners of heavy plant machinery to secure the vehicles properly to prevent future incidents, and asked the public to be aware of diggers on the roads in the evening or middle of the night.

In November, a man was charged over an attempted ATM theft that caused the collapse of a petrol station roof in Ballynahinch, Co Down.

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