Gardai in Monaghan seized a vehicle believed to have been used in an attempted theft of plant machinery at a premises in Ballybay overnight, an incident linked to the spate of ATM raids carried out across the North East over the past six months.
Officers received reports of a number of males attempting to steal plant machinery from the rear of a premises in the Cornamuckglass area of Ballybay at around 2:30am this morning. Gardaí including members of the, armed Regional Support Unit, attended the scene.
A Silver Ford Mondeo, believed to have involved in this incident, has since been located in an industrial estate in the Carrickmacross area this morning. The vehicle was discovered at approximately 7am and has been seized for a technical examination. No arrests have been made.
It is understood after Gardai attended the scene in Cornamuckglass, the culprits fled over the border. The incident comes exactly a week after Gardai interrupted an attempted theft of an ATM in Dunleer. The Bank of Ireland in Dunleer has previously been hit in November last year.
On that occasion, the digger was stolen from Stabannon while the tractor used was taken from a premises at Anaglog, south of Ardee.
Gardai say investigations are ongoing.