Two arrested while trying to steal an ATM with a digger
Another twist in the great ATM-digger robbery tale of 2019.
Two persons have been arrested following the theft of an ATM at Nutts Corner in Antrim in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Detective Inspector Richard Thornton said: "Police received a report that a digger was being used to remove an ATM from a service station on the Tully Road at around 3.30am this morning.
“We immediately directed considerable policing resources to the area and two arrests were made and the stolen ATM recovered. Both people are currently in custody and will be questioned on suspicion of theft and a number of other offences," Thornton confirmed.
Since the turn of the year, roughly a dozen ATMs have been stolen using diggers in Northern Ireland, border counties in the Republic of Ireland, and Kells in Meath.
"Tully Road remains closed and diversions are in place whilst the scene is examined further. I would ask anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the Nutts Corner area overnight to contact detectives on 101," Thornton concluded.
"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."