Another ATM has been stolen by thieves using a digger 2 years ago

Another ATM has been stolen by thieves using a digger

This is the 12th theft of this kind in Northern Ireland and in counties close to the border.

PSNI detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the theft of another ATM machine from commercial premises outside Dungiven, Co. Derry during the early hours of Sunday, 7 April.

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The ATM was stolen from a filling station on the Feeny Road, just before 4:30am.

A digger, believed to have been taken from a site a short distance away, was used to rip the machine from the wall at the side of the shop leaving substantial damage to the building.

Detective Inspector Thornton said the theft this morning is the eighth ATM theft this year that the PSNI are investigating. In the past year in Northern Ireland and in those counties close to the border, there have been 12 ATM thefts in total.

Detective Inspector Thornton said: "As in all of these ATM thefts, the actions of these criminals have not only caused immediate financial harm to the business targeted, but they have understandably caused fear in the community and impacted upon a vital service many local people rely on.

"Unfortunately, the public and the business community are today waking to the news that another ATM machine has been stolen; that another business has been targeted by these brazen thieves.

"I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area and who may have witnessed the theft, or who saw the digger being driven to the scene, to contact us. I would also appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the last few days in the area to call us. If you have information which could assist our investigation please, pick up the phone and call detectives on 101, quoting reference number 357 of 07/04/19."

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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