Scene of double ATM theft in Dundalk main street

Clay Curtis
April 7, 2020

A 57-year-old man who was also arrested has been released unconditionally.

The theft occurred on two ATMs from banks in the main street area of Dundalk overnight, in the early hours of today.

Two men have been refused bail after appearing in court over ATM thefts described as being like "a military operation".

They are charged with handling stolen property and possession of criminal property.

The lawyer told the court that a number of vehicles, including a van, a Mercedes and the pickup truck, were stolen from a house in Co.

The PSNI arrested three men in Crossmaglen after a cross-border pursuit involving a GardaĆ­ helicopter.

The ATMs were taken from Ulster Bank and AIB on Clanbrassil Street, around 3.15 on Saturday morning.

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Suspects were subsequently intercepted the Garda Armed Support Unit but, following a chase, the suspects made their getaway over the border into Northern Ireland.

Tactics were used to hinder Garda response to the incident, including the torching of two cars outside Dundalk police station.

The trailer and cash machine were later discovered abandoned in Forkhill area of Co Armagh.

He said both men were "wanted in the Republic of Ireland on more serious offences".

Acting on behalf of both men, defence counsel Michael Chambers submitted there would be stringent bail conditions put in place in order to "allay police concerns".

The pair will appear again by video-link next month.

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