Police recover two ATM machines after chasing thieves
Police have recovered two ATM machines after they were stolen from a Ballymena Tesco supermarket on Thursday night.
At the scene of the robbery, on the Larne Road Link, a digger and tractor trailer were burnt out.
A police patrol responded to the incident at 3am and spotted the ATM machines being driven away from the scene on the back of a pick-up type vehicle.
They followed and subsequently located the vehicle abandoned on the Woodside Road.
The recovered ATMs will now be subject to a forensic examination.
There have been a spate of ATM thefts in Northern Ireland this year. The latest incident is the 13th and 14th ATM stolen this year across 11 separate incidents.
There have also been a number of ATM thefts in the Republic of Ireland.
DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said efforts must be stepped up against those involved in the ATM thefts.
“Whilst everyone understands that it is not possible for the PSNI to stand guard at every ATM machine, the number of incidents must demand more significant action," he said.
"The public want to see results and it is important the police can reassure the public that they are making progress in this area."
Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson said that the quick response of police allowed them to recover the ATMs.
"It is likely that the digger and tractor involved were stolen however no reports of such machinery being stolen have been received as yet," he said.
"I want to reassure the public that we continue to do everything that we can to try stop these attacks and catch those responsible. We have dedicated an increased the amount of resources to tackling this issue including actively patrolling ATM sites day and night.
"However, the reality is that these attacks are carried out across a wide geographical area and we cannot be present at every ATM location all of the time. We really need the public to help us and report anything suspicious, as a number of people did in Ballymena this morning.
"I would ask for anyone with any information to contact us on 101 quoting reference 121 26/04/19. Let us know if you saw anything or know anything that could help us identify those responsible.”
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