Bomb used in cash machine robbery

Published Wednesday, 25 June 2014
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Thieves have stolen money from a cash machine in Co Armagh by using explosives.

Bomb used in cash machine robbery
Investigations were carried out on the damaged machine. (© Pacemaker)

The incident happened before 3am at Rice's supermarket in the Victoria Street area of Keady on Wednesday.

A loud bang was reported in the area and police attending the scene discovered the machine's front panel damaged and its cash stolen.

Army bomb disposal experts were then sent to carry out investigations.

There was no damage caused to any other property.

Cathal Boylan, Sinn Féin councillor for the area and Keady resident, condemned the attack.

He said: "I have spoken to staff and customers of Rice's supermarket and they are shocked at what has happened, particularly considering that Hamiltonsbawn ATM was targeted in the same fashion just a few weeks ago.

"Rural communities rely on these amenities and for them to be targeted in this way by criminal elements is extremely disappointing and damaging for people in those areas.

"This is the second such incident in as many weeks and people are naturally worried that the same perpetrators are at work.

"Those responsible have shown little regard for these communities and I urge anyone with an information to contact the PSNI."

The cash theft at Keady is the latest incident involving ATM machines.

Police are appealing to the public to report any suspicious activity at cash machines to them immediately.

Last month, an ATM was stolen in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone and earlier this month, there was an attempt to steal an ATM in Hamiltonsbawn, Co Armagh.

In all three incidents, gas ignition may have been used to remove the machine.

Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, head of Organised Crime Branch, said: "These types of incidents present a serious risk to the community.

"Our advice to the public is to avoid any ATM that appears to have been tampered with and, in particular, do not approach any which has hoses, wires or other items leading from it. Call the police immediately on 999."

A number of arrests have been made in relation to the incidents in Carrickmore and Hamiltonsbawn.

Two men have appeared in court on charges linked to the Co Armagh incident - one of whom was refused bail on Wednesday.

Police enquiries are continuing.

© UTV News
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