The overnight theft of an ATM machine from a Co Tyrone filling station forecourt may have been carried out by “paramilitary elements”
Police believe a digger was used in removing the ATM from the premises on the Pomeroy Road, Donaghmore.
DUP MLA Maurice Morrow said: “I would be very suspicious that there is a paramilitary connection, however we cannot be absolutely sure.
“We went through a spate of this a few years ago and here we are in the small village of Donaghmore where criminals feel quite at ease to come and take an ATM out of a wall without hindrance.”
Lord Morrow said the ATM theft “reinforces what we have been saying for a long time, that we need a more visible police presence”.
SDLP Councillor Jim Cavanagh condemned the overnight theft and said it is “a dreadful thing to have happened”.
“This lawlessness has to be combated, not just by the police but the entire community,” he said.
“I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police so these criminals can be brought to justice.”
Police are asking anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact CID in Dungannon on the new non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.