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Police recover ATM machine after Co Antrim raid

The recovered ATM machine. Credit: McAuley Multimedia
The recovered ATM machine. Credit: McAuley Multimedia
The scene in Market Square in Bushmills after a digger was used to rip an ATM from the wall of a shop (Liam McBurney/PA)
ATM ripped from the wall of a building in the town centre of Bushmills. A tractor was left burnt out at the scene. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
ATM ripped from the wall of a building in the town centre of Bushmills. A digger was left burnt out at the scene. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The scene in Market Square in Bushmills, Co Antrim, after a digger was used in an early-morning attack to rip an ATM from the wall of a shop (Liam McBurney/PA)

Police have recovered an ATM machine that was stolen from a premises in the Market Square area of Bushmills in the early hours of Tuesday morning

It was recovered on a country road near Dunluce Castle on the Antrim Coast Road.

It is understood that the ATM fell off the vehicle that was being used to transport it from the crime scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said that police were currently carrying out examinations on the machine.

Police did not confirm if the money was still in the ATM machine.

The ATM was the tenth stolen in nine separate incidents so far this year. Police have set up a dedicated team to investigate the thefts.

In the latest incident thieves used a digger to rip an ATM machine from a wall, a tractor was used to transport the digger to the scene before it was used. Both vehicles were burnt out.

Detective Chief Inspector McCubbins appealed for anyone who was in the area of Bushmills when the incident took place to contact police.

“I want to thank the public who continue to be our eyes and ears, reporting anything suspicious to Police," he said.

"I also know that many owners of plant machinery have been taking on board our advice to secure and lock up equipment and install immobilisers and this has helped to prevent theft. I would ask for the public to continue supporting us in our efforts to stop these terrible crimes.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has any information about today’s ATM theft in Bushmills to speak to us. Did you see a digger on a low loader being towed by a tractor on the roads in the area? Did you witness the attack just before 3.30am this morning? 

"A telehandler was also used in the commission of this crime and I believe this was used to transport the ATM from the Diamond area of Bushmills.

“We would also like to speak with anyone who saw or heard anything in the area of the Ballyhome Road early this morning."

Detective Chief Inspector McCubbins said that police understood the concern around the public after the spate of attacks on ATM machines.

"As in all of these ATM thefts, the actions of these criminals have not only caused immediate financial harm to the business that was targeted, but they have caused devastation to the local community," he said.

“I want to reassure the public that we continue to take this matter extremely seriously. I understand the fear that these attacks are causing, and the damage that is left in the wake of each theft. We are doing all we can to catch the people responsible and stop these attacks.

ATM ripped from the wall of a building in the town centre of Bushmills. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
ATM ripped from the wall of a building in the town centre of Bushmills. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

“Last month we increased the amount of resources dedicated to tackle this issue and local police patrols are actively patrolling vulnerable and high risk locations. We also continue to work with partners in the banking and retail sectors regarding crime prevention."

Anyone with information can contact detectives at Coleraine CID on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 106 16/04/19. 

Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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