Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12.34 16 May 2019


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Police in the North have insisted they won't become complacent about ATM thefts.

In recent months, PSNI officers have carried out 41 searches, recovered over £51,000 (€58,000) and made 15 arrests.

Detectives have now charged five men in relation to cash machine thefts in County Antrim.

They have also charged two men for other offences including theft, driving offences and possession of criminal property.

Six of these men have been remanded in custody.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Evans thanked the public for their help, saying the investigations show police and the community can work together.

He said: “However, in no way does this mean we will become complacent. We continue to focus on doing everything we can to catch those responsible and prevent further thefts of ATMs.

"Local policing teams continue to patrol areas at night which could be vulnerable to an attack and detectives remain dedicated to investigating the thefts that have taken place."

Mr Evans also said that it's wrong to suggest ATM thefts are victimless crimes - suggesting they "cause untold loss and disruption to people, businesses and whole communities".

Police are appealing to the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual activity, such as people or vehicles loitering in areas close to ATMs.

They're also encouraging people to properly secure any heavy machinery such as diggers, so that criminals cannot steal the machinery for use in ATM thefts.

Main image: The scene at a fuel station at Tully Road, Nutts Corner, Antrim, where a digger was used to rip an ATM from the wall. Picture by: Rebecca Black/PA Wire/PA Images

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