An Garda Síochána

Gardaí appeal for information after attempted ATM theft in Louth

Significant damage was done to the Bank of Ireland building during the attempted robbery.

LAST UPDATE | Jan 15th 2020, 6:54 PM

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING following another attempted ATM robbery that occurred this morning.

A Bank of Ireland ATM on the main street in Dunleer, Co Louth was targeted. A digger was used in the attempted robbery to tear down the wall the ATM was housed in, and it appears that significant damage has been done to the building.

A Garda Armed Support Unit patrolling the area intercepted the incident at around 4.30am this morning.

Gardaí gave chase and the pursuit ended on the N1, where the culprits made their way over the border.

The PSNI are assisting An Garda Síochána in their searches. No injuries reported and investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any irregular activity in the Ardee, Dunleer and Stabannon areas of Louth between 4am and 5am this morning.

They are particular keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a tractor pulling a low-loader and excavator in those areas around this time.

They’d also like to speak to anyone who can assist in locating a white pick-up 4×4 that is understood to have been used in the incident. That vehicle drove towards the M1 motorway and is believed to have travelled into Northern Ireland. It may have damage to the rear. 

Furthermore, a twin axle flatbed trailer was recovered at the scene. Gardaí are attempting to locate its owner and are appealing for anyone who may have had a trailer stolen in the recent past – but may not have reported it – to the incident room in Ardee.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Ardee Garda Station on 041 687 11137, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. 

A spate of ATM robberies have taken place for the past year, with the perpetrators using heavy machinery such as JCBs to attempt to take ATMs out of walls in counties including Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, and Antrim.

With reporting from Sean Murray

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