A digger was used to steal two ATM machines at a supermarket in Antrim in the early hours of this morning (Friday, December 6th).
The PSNI received a report about the incident shortly after 3am. When officers arrived at the scene, the digger was on fire.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the ATM unit was discovered nearby in the Birch Hill Road area.
In a statement, detective inspector, Richard Thornton, said: "Our investigation is at an early stage and we are working to establish if this incident is linked to others of a similar nature.”
“I want to take this opportunity to appeal to owners of heavy plant machinery to ensure they do everything possible to secure and immobilise equipment.”
“If the diggers cannot be stolen, these attacks cannot take place. I would also appeal to the public to report anything suspicious to us.
"It is unusual to see a digger out on the roads in the evening or the middle of the night, so if you do see a digger on the road at these times and think something isn’t quite right, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 and we can check this out.
"Also, if you see people or vehicles loitering in areas close to ATMs, particularly as some shops may be closed, or hear machinery late at night or in the early hours, call us. If you think a crime is in progress, please dial 999.
“In particular, if anyone has any information about this morning’s incident please call 101, and quote reference number 126 of 06/12/19.”
Alternatively, information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on: âª0800-555-111.
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