Pair arrested after overnight ATM theft

Two people have been arrested after the theft of an ATM in Co Antrim.

The individuals were arrested after thieves used a digger to rip the cash machine from the wall of a service station on the Tully Road at Nutts Corner in the early hours of this morning.

Forensics at the scene after a ATM theft on the Tully Road near Crumlin on Tuesday

Forensics at the scene after a ATM theft on the Tully Road near Crumlin on Tuesday

The attack was the latest in a spate of ATM thefts in Northern Ireland this year. Fifteen machines have been stolen in 2019.

Police said they were not disclosing information about the suspects detained for investigative reasons, describing them only as “two persons”.

PSNI Detective Inspector Richard Thornton said: “Police received a report that a digger was being used to remove an ATM from a service station on the Tully Road at around 3.30am this morning.

“We immediately directed considerable policing resources to the area and two arrests were made and the stolen ATM recovered. Both people are currently in custody and will be questioned on suspicion of theft and a number of other offences.”

Two people have been arrested

Two people have been arrested

The Tully Road was closed on Tuesday morning to enable a forensic examination.

Mr Thornton appealed to witnesses or anyone else with information about the theft to come forward.

The police were called to reports that a digger was being used to remove the cash machine from the service station on the Tully road at Nutts Corner at around 3.30am on Tuesday morning

The police were called to reports that a digger was being used to remove the cash machine from the service station on the Tully road at Nutts Corner at around 3.30am on Tuesday morning