Published Tuesday, 11 March 2014
The theft took place on Newcastle Road, Seaforde on Friday, 28 February. (© UTV)
A stolen digger was used to rip the machine out of the wall at Brennans Stores on Newcastle Road, Seaforde in the early hours of Friday, 28 February, causing substantial damage to the premises.
A police spokesperson said: "It is believed the digger involved had been stolen a short time earlier from a nearby quarry and then set on fire and destroyed in the incident. A trailer was also stolen from the quarry."
Three men, aged 28, 30 and 32, arrested in connection with the incident are currently on bail, pending further enquiries.
A blue Ford transit van believed to have been involved in the theft was recovered by police in the Ballystockart Road area of Comber a short time afterwards, as was the cash machine.
Police also found the stolen trailer during follow up searches in the Greystown Road area of Downpatrick.
A police spokesperson continued: "Detectives are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this theft but we would appeal to the public to help us by coming forward with information."
"Anyone who witnessed the burglary at the service station or the theft of the digger in the Newcastle Road area or who has any information is asked to contact Detectives in Downpatrick on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. "
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