Newry police urge public to report suspicious ATM machine activity

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Saturday, November 28th, 2015
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Police are asking the public to report any suspicious or unusual items or activity at ATMs. atmThe call comes after attempts were made to either steal or enter two cash machines in Mayobridge and Carrickmore earlier this month. At premises on Newry Road, Mayobridge on 11th November thieves attempted to blow open an ATM after failing to prise it from the wall with crowbars, however the ATM remained in place and the thieves left with nothing. During the incident on Main Street in Carrickmore on 24th November thieves again attempted to remove the ATM with a crow bar. When this failed it appears they attempted to pump gas from a cylinder into the machine. This also failed and they made off empty-handed.
There was significant damage caused to a popular filling station in Bessbrook three weeks ago in an ATM theft. Photo: PAK Aerial Media

There was significant damage caused to a popular filling station in Bessbrook three weeks ago in an ATM theft. Photo: PAK Aerial Media

Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Chief Inspector James Mullen said, “In both incidents it appears thieves may have attempted to pump gas into the ATMs but failed in their efforts to gain entry or remove the machines.” DCI Mullen said this type of criminal activity presented ‘a very real risk’ to the community and to the businesses housing the ATMs. “With this in mind, we are asking people to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary at their local cash machine. “If a machine appears to have been tampered with it, it is essential that it is reported to police. This is especially important if a hose, wires or leads of any description are visible, or if a smell of gas is noted in the vicinity. He added, “Please do not approach an ATM machine if a hose, wires, leads or any other unusual item is visible. Alert police immediately by calling 999.” More on this story: Attempted theft of ATM Machine in Mayobridge Anger after ‘thugs’ rip ATM machine from wall of Bessbrook filling station Man arrested and ATM recovered after Bessbrook theft

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