Police investigating potential link between recent ATM attacks
Police are appealing for information following an attempted burglary at an ATM in Coleraine.
Detectives are investigating the incident, which occurred at the ATM situated at a filling station on the Dunhill Road.
The attempted burglary is another in a recent spate of ATM attacks, leading to the PSNI looking at whether some of the incidents are linked.
They have also called on members of the public to remain vigilant for any suspicious activity.
Detective Sergeant Colhoun said: “Police received a report at approximately 1.50am on Friday 24th March of at least three people acting suspiciously in the forecourt area of the filling station, near the ATM.
“We believe two of the suspects were armed with suspected crowbars. Officers attended the scene just minutes after the report and the suspects fled on foot into a nearby field.”
Subsequent searches were conducted to locate the suspects, with Detective Sergeant Colhoun saying the investigation is ongoing “at a robust pace” in a bid to identify those responsible, as well as establishing a motive.
“As part of our enquiries, we are also investigating a potential link between this attempted theft and other reports to police following a number of recent thefts from ATMs across the country,” added Detective Sergeant Colhoun.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between 1.30am and 1.45am and who may have mobile or dash-cam footage which could assist with our enquiries, to call us on 101, quoting reference number 60 of 24/03/23.
“I also want to urge people to continue to be vigilant, and report to police any suspicious activity they see in their area to police on 101.”
Alternatively, information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/