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The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  25/10/2018
The scene  following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. 

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.  Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/10/2018 The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident. Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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The scene following a burglary at a service station on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A stolen digger has been rammed into a petrol station in Co Antrim.

It happened on the Templepatrick Road in Ballyclare during the early hours of this morning, Saturday 27 October.

Shortly before 2am thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove an ATM machine from the building. The digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby building site and then set on fire and destroyed following the incident.

Considerable damage was caused to the building during the incident.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident a petrol station was robbed in Ballynure on the Larne Road.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “It was reported that entry was gained to the shop between 2am and 2.15am and attempts were made to access a cigarette cabinet.  This was unsuccessful and, although nothing was stolen during the incident, significant damage was caused.  Three male suspects, wearing light coloured clothing, made off on foot in the direction of Ballynure village."

Police appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary at the service station or the theft of the digger in the Templepatrick Road area or who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives in Antrim on 101 quoting reference 132 27/10/18. Alternatively, anonymous information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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