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Gardai find ATM ripped from service station by digger

The stolen ATM (Pic credit An Garda Siochana)
The stolen ATM (Pic credit An Garda Siochana)
The stolen ATM (Pic credit An Garda Siochana)
The stolen ATM (Pic credit An Garda Siochana)

Gardai have found the ATM that was dramatically stolen from a service station near Newry overnight.

After the incident, in which the raiders used a digger to rip the ATM from the wall of the service station before torching the digger, Gardai from Carrickmacross began a search operation in the area.

At Drumass, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Gardaí came upon a white transit type van with three men nearby.

The men fled on foot leaving the van.

One man in his 20s was arrested near the scene and the search for the other two is continuing.

On searching the van Gardaí discovered an ATM.

A forensic examination of the van and its contents are under way.

The search for the two men is continuing with the support from the Air Support Unit, the Emergency Response Unit and the Regional Support Units and is a joint operation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The Gardai involved in the search were part of Operation Thor, the initiative the force recently launched to combat the spate of robberies in rural Ireland by roving gangs.