Gardaí are appealing for anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage that may have captured the movements of the hole-in-the-wall gang behind the theft of two ATMs in Kells last week to hand it over.
It follows the discovery of the two ATM machines, one from AIB and one from Bank of Ireland, found abandoned in a wooded area about five kilometres outside Kingscourt.
Garda investigations continued this week, on Monday last, at the secluded site at Barley Hill, located near the Meath-Monaghan border.
It's not yet not known whether the ATMs taken during the audacious double raid in the Meath town were accessed and their contents taken at the Kingscourt site, or whether the gang simply abandoned the cash dispensers. A burnt-out SUV and trailer were also found nearby.
It's estimated both machines contained in the region of about €200,000, having been filled with cash prior the Easter bank-holiday weekend.
The discovery was made on Sunday morning last, April 21, two days after the Kells thefts took place.
Of particular interest to investigating gardaí, it's understood, is CCTV from properties spanning from Carlanstown to Kingscourt, taking in Nobber, Dunroe and Drumconrath.
The flatbed used in the theft of the ATM in Kingscourt had been stolen from the Dundalk area earlier that day.
Specially trained Garda Scenes of Crime examining the Barley Hill scene are believed to have found a number of “items of interest” arising from their initial analysis.
The burning of the ATMs and vehicles is intended to destroy forensic evidence that could identify the perpetrators.
It took the gang of thieves less than five minutes to tear from the walls and load the two ATMs, before making good their escape from Main Street, Kells, in the early hours of last Friday, April 19.
This reaction from the scene comes courtesy of our sister paper The Meath Chronicle:
For a detailed update on the story, see tomorrow's edition of The Anglo-Celt.
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