Northern Ireland

Attempted ATM theft: Substantial damage caused to south Armagh off-licence

The attempted ATM theft happened at the store in The Village area of Jonesborough (Niall Carson/PA)

Substantial damage has been caused to an off-licence in south Armagh during an attempted ATM theft.

The store in the Village area of Jonesborough was targeted in the early hours of Monday.

Police said a shutter at the rear of the property was forced open and substantial damage was caused to the ceiling area.

“Extensive damage had also been caused to an ATM housed inside the premises – in an attempt to force it open,” a PSNI spokesman said.

“Thankfully, nothing was taken from it.”

The spokesman said they are investigating reports two men were observed at the back of the property during the early hours of Monday morning.

Both men were wearing all dark clothing, gloves and masks covering their faces.

”These men accessed the property via its roof, before leaving again and returning sometime later with two other men, who were also wearing dark clothing and masks, with a similar large build,” he said.

”They again entered the premises and were all carrying tools in an attempt to break into the safe of the ATM.

”We believe the men then left the premises on foot empty-handed and fled across a field at the rear of the building.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious on Sunday evening between 11pm and 4am on Monday morning to call police on 101.