The scene in Dunleer this morning after the overnight ATM robbery at the local Bank of Irleland branch on Main Street. The JCB is across the road and the truck it was transported in is blocking the other end of Main Street. Photo: Andy Spearman.
A Garda investigation is underway in Dunleer today after thieves struck at the Bank of Ireland branch at about 3.30 this morning and made off with the ATM machine.
It is thought that the thieves drove into town with a JCB on the back of a low loader.
They used the truck to block Main Street while they wrenched the ATM machine from the wall of the bank with the JCB and made their getaway in another vehicle.
A Garda spokesperson told Drogheda Life that the ATM was removed and un undisclosed sum of money has been taken.
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There are several CCTV cameras on the wall of the bank which may be of assistance to the Gardaí in their inquiries.
At midday today Main Street was still closed as Garda personnel carried out investigations. The JCB was abandoned on the street outside the bank and the low loader was blocking the northern end of the street.
The scene is currently preserved and investigations are ongoing.
Fianna Fáil TD for Louth, Declan Breathnach, has condemned the overnight raid.
“It is one of many ATM raids in the border region over the past few months. I believe I speak for the vast majority of people in the border region when I say we condemn these acts.
“A continuation of ATM robberies will deprive our towns and villages of such facilities and is not helping in promoting the border region.
“Disrespect for law and order in our communities by a small number of coordinated criminal gangs should not be allowed to disrupt our lives or hamper the economy of local towns.
“There is now a real danger small villages and towns will lose their ATM machines, either through services being withdrawn or further raids due to the increase in criminal activity.
“I would appeal to anyone with information or who may have been in the area to contact the Gardaí to support them in their investigations,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.
Gardaí issued an appeal to anyone who was in Dunleer this morning between 3.00am and 4.00am and who saw anything unusual, and to any road users with camera footage, to make contact. Gardaí are also appealing to any person who saw any suspicious vehicles in the Dundalk area at this time.
They believe those responsible left the scene in a silver Toyota Land Cruiser with a partial registration of 04-MH heading north of Dunleer.
Gardaí are appealing for any person who saw this vehicle or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station 041 987 4200, the Gardaí Confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.