At attempt has been made to steal a cash machine from a shop in Co Londonderry using a stolen tractor unit.
The incident took place on the Mussenden Road near Castlerock in the early hours of Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said: “Shortly before 4.35am it was reported that an attempt was made to remove an ATM machine at a petrol station at the Articlave area.
“Nothing is believed to have been taken during the incident. It was reported that a tractor unit of a lorry made a number of attempts to damage the machine by reversing into the building.”
DCI Magee added: “Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle from premises at the Newmills Road, Coleraine area in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
“It is believed the vehicle stolen during the incident was used at the attempted ATM machine theft at Articlave.
“The vehicle has been subsequently recovered at premises at the Garvagh Road. The vehicle is being recovered and will be taken away for further forensic examinations.”
Councillor Samuel Cole said Articlave was an area of low crime levels and said a gang of travelling criminals was most likely to have been responsible.
“This is the first one of these incidents in this area that I am aware of, and we certainly don’t want this kind of thing going on, so it is a cause for concern,” he said.
The DUP representative added: “I’m very pleased that they didn’t get away with anything. Hopefully the police will catch them, and I would urge anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact the police immediately.
“Times are hard enough for traders without having to deal with the cost of repairing their premises after incidents like this.”
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has called for urgent action by the PSNI after the latest cashpoint theft raid at the premiese of one of its members.
NIIRTA chief executive Glyn Roberts described the Articlave incident as “a disgraceful attack on an independent retailer” who provides a vital service to the community in the Castlerock area. The criminals behind this attack are attempting to steal from the community itself,” he said.
Mr Roberts added: “For sometime we have been concerned with the growing volume of these attacks against our members and the severe financial costs to independent retailers as a result of them. “We have received numerous reports of members seeing their insurance premiums soar after these attacks”
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact the non-emergency 101 number.