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Six charged over £61k raid on cash machine in Fermanagh

By Anton McCabe

Five men and a woman have appeared at a special court in Omagh on charges linked to a £61,000 theft from a cash machine in Fermanagh.

All six are Romanian nationals with the same address in Crossgar, Co Down.

The cash was taken from an ATM at a fuel station in Trory in the early hours of Thursday.

Four men and a woman were charged with robbery of the ATM and refused bail. They are Radu Iancu (41), Constantin Dumitra (35), Leonardo Patravici (32), Milan-Adrian Beidac (29) and Anita Petrokci (30), all of Rannoche Close. The remaining suspect, Statche Aluas (51), was charged with possessing criminal property and granted bail.

A police officer told the court she believed the five robbery suspects were part of an organised crime gang responsible for around 40 similar robberies.

She said five street lights were turned off beside the filling station to facilitate the robbery. The robbers opened a manhole and cut telephone wires to prevent alarms going off.

The officer said at least four people were seen on CCTV, and told the court that a black Mercedes had travelled from Crossgar to Irvinestown the previous night, and returned to Crossgar at around 5am on Thursday.

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