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Thieves steal ATM machine in raid on Northern Ireland supermarket

A burnt out tractor at the scene of another ATM robbery in Crumlin, Co Antrim this morning. Street has been closed. Pic Pacemaker Stephen Davison
A burnt out tractor at the scene of another ATM robbery in Crumlin, Co Antrim this morning. Street has been closed. Pic Pacemaker Stephen Davison
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Thieves have stolen another ATM machine - this time from a supermarket in Crumlin.

It happened in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is the 10 incident and 11th machine to be stolen. There has been one attempted theft with police saying an immobiliser on a digger thwarted would-be thieves.

Video posted on social media show a digger on fire with emergency services at the scene.

Police have established a special task force to deal with the spate of incidents.

The latest incident comes after Tuesday's theft in Bushmills.

Police have urged communities to be their "eyes and ears"  and be on the look out for heavy plant machinery on the move late at night.

Police have cordoned off a number of roads in the Crumlin area.

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SDLP Councillor Thomas Burns condemned the theft saying it had caused major disruption to the town and the staff of the local supermarket.

“Not only have these thieves taken away a vital amenity for the community of Crumlin, they have also prevented staff from accessing their place of work," he said.

“Those carrying out these attacks are not just robbing cash machines or banks, they are robbing the entire community and residents who rely on these services.

“The SDLP will meet with retailers and the PSNI in the coming weeks to explore ways in which new innovative security measures can be put in place to deter these gangs.”

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