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Timeline of cash machine thefts

Walter Miller examines the damage to his shop in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, after an ATM was ripped from the wall. Picture by Mal McCann

CRIMINAL gangs on both sides of the border have targeted rural businesses in a spate of ATM thefts, with eight this year alone.

March 21, 2018: Thieves used a forklift to rip an ATM from the wall of a shop in Keady, Co Armagh. The shop on Victoria Street was targeted by thieves who emptied the ATM and made off with the cash.

October 27: A stolen digger was used to remove a cash machine from a service station in Ballyclare. Thieves used a yellow Case digger to remove the ATM on Templepatrick Road.

December 16: An ATM was stolen from a bank in Ballybay, Co Monaghan, by thieves using a digger. Three men are believed to have been involved. The ATM was towed away on a trailer.

December 22: A stolen digger was used to rip a cash machine from a shop in Fintona, Co Tyrone. After removing the ATM on Tattymoyle Road, the thieves set the digger alight.

January 6, 2019: Thieves attempted to rip an ATM from the wall of a Spar shop on Old Mountfield Road in Killyclogher, Co Tyrone. The robbery was foiled when people rushed to the scene and shouted at the thieves.

February 1: Two ATMs were stolen from a shopping centre in Antrim. A large digger was used to remove the machines from the side of the Asda supermarket on Ballymena Road.

February 2: Thieves targeted a cash machine near Moira. A digger was used to remove the ATM from a service station on Glenavy Road near Moira. The digger had been stolen from a nearby building site and was later set alight.

February 15: A cash machine was ripped out of the wall of a filling station near Omagh, Co Tyrone. A digger was used to remove the ATM on Killyclogher Road.

March 10: A cash machine at Cabragh filling station on Ballygawley Road near Dungannon was ripped out. The digger used was later set alight. Just minutes before the Tyrone theft, a digger was used to pull a cash machine from a Bank of Ireland branch at Main Street in Kingcourt, Co Cavan.

March 22: A Danske Bank building in Newtownabbey was badly damaged when thieves tore its ATM from a wall. A stolen digger was used.

March 24: Thieves used a digger to remove an ATM from Drumharvey filling station on Dromore Road in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh.

April 1: An ATM was ripped from a shop in Ahoghill, Co Antrim. A digger used in the theft was stolen from a nearby building site.

April 7: A cash machine was torn from the wall of a filling station in Dungiven, Co Derry. It is understood a digger stolen from a building site was driven almost a mile down the road before it was used in the theft.

April 16: A digger is used by thieves to rip an ATM from the wall of a coffee shop in Bushmills, Co Antrim. It is thought to be the only ATM in the village.

April 19: At a Tesco in Crumlin, Co Antrim, two cash machines are ripped from a wall at around 2.30am. A Costcutter shop in Craigavon was also targeted at 3.45am but the raid was unsuccessful.

April 30: Two people are arrested after a digger is used to rip a cash machine from the wall of a service station in Nutts Corner, Co Antrim.

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