ATM targeted as Gardai appeal for public’s help

An ATM in a filling station in Carrick-on-Shannon was taregted by thieves in the early hours of last Saturday morning, July 9.

An ATM in a filling station in Carrick-on-Shannon was taregted by thieves in the early hours of last Saturday morning, July 9.

The thieves gained entry to Kennedy’s Filling Station on the Dublin Road through the rear door at approximately 1.30am. They reversed a jeep to the back door and tied a rope around the ATM in the shop. The jeep had been stolen earlier in Drumlish, Co Longford.

They were disturbed by an alarm and fled the scene. Gardai arrived at 1.35am to find the jeep still running. The raiders took the hard drive of the shop’s CCTV system, rendering it useless to the investigation. Gardai believe the thieves fled in a black car.

Two business premises in Mohill, meanwhile, were broken into during last Thursday night/Friday morning. Cash and a laptop computer was taken.

A burglary also took place at a house in Castlefore, Keshcarrigan on Tuesday, July 5 between 10am and 11am with cash and jewellery taken.

And a public house in Carrick-on-Shannon had four kegs of Guinness stolen from outside it between 8am and 10am last Thursday, July 7.

Gardai also report that a number plate was recently taken from a car in the Bornacoola area. That number plate was used on a car involved in a burglary in the Ballinamore area. The number plate was later found in the boot of a car involved in an attempted robbery in Ballinasloe where four people were arrested.

In recent weeks a number of houses in the wider Ballinamore, Newtowngore, Carrigallen area were broken into. The thieves are taking money and jewellery boxes. The jewellery boxes are being discarded and a pillowcase used in one of the robberies was later found by a farmer on his land.

Local people are appealing to landowners to check their land for jewellery boxes or any pieces of jewellery that may have been discarded as these pieces would hold sentimental value for their owners.

Sgt Turlough Bruen, Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station, is calling for the public’s assistance to prevent such crimes re-occurring.

He said these robberies are being carried out during the daytime, mainly between 10am and 6pm. He said the cars would normally have three or four occupants ranging in age from 40 down to the late teens. Gardai are satisfied the cars involved are carrying false plates.

“Anybody that sees anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, no matter how small and insignificant they think it might be, we would urge them to contact us and we will make the call. We’re there to be rang and people should be ringing us. We would appreciate as much cooperation as possible from the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon were busy last weekend with five arrests for public order offences in the town.