Gardai in Ardee are appealing for information in relation to the attempted theft of an ATM at the Bank of Ireland on Main Street, Dunleer in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The raid was partially thwarted overnight when members of An Garda Siochana’s Armed Support Unit, interrupted a raid at approximately 4.30am. It is understood the unit had been carrying out surveillance in the area, based on intelligence that another raid was imminent.
A pursuit ensued onto the M1 in which the culprits made their way over the border. Gardai say the PSNI are now assisting An Garda Síochána in their searches.
Now, investigating officers are appealing to members of the public who may have witnessed any irregular activity in the Ardee, Dunleer, Stabannon areas of Louth between 4am and 5am on Wednesday morning. They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a tractor pulling a low-loader and excavator in those areas at this time.
It is understood the digger used in the attempted theft was stolen from the Stabannon area, whereas the tractor was stolen from a business premises in Anaglog, just south of Ardee.
A twin-axel flatbed trailer was recovered at the scene and Gardaí are attempting to locate its owner. They are appealing for anyone who may have had a trailer stolen in the recent past but may not have reported it to contact the Incident room in Ardee.
Officers would also like to speak to anyone who can assist in locating a white pick-up 4×4 that is believed to have been used in the incident. The vehicle drove towards the M1 motorway and is believed to have travelled towards Northern Ireland. This vehicle may have damage to the rear.
It is understood damage was caused to the vehicle in which the culprits escaped in during the chase from the scene in Dunleer.
Gardaí are appealing to any road users who may have camera footage of the incident to contact the incident room in Ardee on 041 687 11137, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or by visiting any Garda Station.