Sunday morning at 4.30 local time was the small, northern irish town exposed to a cold and well-planned theft, as masked assailants in a caterpillars plowed through a fence, ripped an atm out of the wall from a gas station, and used grabben to load and unload the machine into a waiting Citroen Berlingo, which had been a part of the roof cut off.
the Theft was caught on a surveillance camera, is the eighth of its kind in 2019, and therefore have the police in northern Ireland now set up a special efterforskningsgruppe, writes the BBC.
Investigators believe that at least two different groups are behind the thefts, which take place in remote, rural areas on both sides of the irish-northern irish border.
As with all these thefts of atm machines, has the criminals ' actions not only caused immediate economic damage for the affected businesses, they have, understandably, also created insecurity in the local community and affected an important feature, as many locals are dependent on, says Richard Thornton from the police efterforskninggruppe.
The preamble to the shopkeeper Martin O'Kane, if the gas station were exposed to the most recent attack, agree.
- There's going to be fewer and fewer atms in the vicinity, due to these attacks. That happens more or less one a week for the time being.
I would probably not to get a new one atm, and it is lokalsmafundets loss, says Martin O'Kane,
so far, there is only a single arrest in the case, and the police are therefore calling for information from witnesses.