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‘Significant progress’ made in Louth ATM raid probes, Gardai say

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Gardai from Dundalk Garda Station at the scene of the ATM thefts in April. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

Gardai in Ardee say that significant progress is being made in the ongoing investigations into four raids carried out on ATMs in Louth in the last 12 months.

Operation Dreary, which was established to investigate the spate of thefts and attempted thefts on the machines in the county and its surrounds, is being run by officers based at Ardee Garda Station.

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While the investigations into all four raids – two in Dunleer and one each in Ardee and Dundalk – are all ongoing, Acting Superintendent in Ardee Inspector Ronan Carey told the Ardee Joint Policing Committee public forum on Thursday (November 12) that “significant progress” was being made in he investigations.

Garda officers are working with their counterparts in the PSNI as part of the investigation, not the first time such investigations into the ATM raids have encompassed agencies from both sides of the border.

The Bank of Ireland ATM on Main Street in Dunleer was first targeted in November of 2019 and then again in January this year. In between, the Ulster Bank ATM was the target of an attempted raid in December last year – just days before Christmas.

Meanwhile, both the Ulster Bank and AIB branches located on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk were stolen in April this year, in a daring raid which saw the entrances to Dundalk Garda Station blocked by burning cars. A cross-border chase ensued and both machines were subsequently recovered in county Armagh. Three men were arrested nearby.

Searches have previously been carried out in the Crossmaglen area of Armagh.

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