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Police winning the war on cross-border ATM thieves

String of raids that traumatised rural communities seem to grind to a halt after specialist policing operations

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The scene at Nutts Corner petrol station following ATM robbery on April 30, 2019, in Antrim. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The scene at Nutts Corner petrol station following ATM robbery on April 30, 2019, in Antrim. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

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The scene at Nutts Corner petrol station following ATM robbery on April 30, 2019, in Antrim. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Once described as “The Untouchables”, major police operations on both sides of the Border appear to have stopped the activities of gangs involved in a large number of ATM thefts.

During a period from 2018 to 2020, 28 cash machines were stolen in Northern Ireland and Border areas of the Republic. In one month alone — April 2019 — there were eight ATM thefts.


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