ATM theft arrest following Omagh searches

DETECTIVES investigating the theft of ATM machines in the Omagh, Fintona and Irvinestown areas have arrested a 26-year-old man.

A number of searches were carried out on Wednesday morning in the Omagh and Seskinore areas. 

Police confirmed several items were seized for further examination. 

Detective Superintendent Rowan Moore, from the PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Branch, said the arrest is in connection to the thefts and attempted thefts of ATMs between December 2018 and March 2019.

The suspect has been taken to Omagh Police Station where he is being questioned by detectives. 

DS Moore said ATM thefts cause loss and devastation, both to the business owners and to the local communities who depend on their local ATM provision for access to cash.

“During our investigation we have seen the positive result of the community and police working together to catch those we believe are responsible for the theft of ATMs. However, we are not complacent and we continue to focus on doing everything we can to catch those responsible for previous incidents and prevent further thefts.”

Appealing for the community to continue to support the PSNI efforts, DS Moore added, “If you see any unusual activity, people or vehicles loitering in areas close to ATMs, particularly when shops are closed, please let us know. If you hear machinery late at night or in the early hours please call us on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if you think a crime is in progress. You can also contact us if you have any information that could help us apprehend those responsible for previous ATM attacks.”


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