Thieves have attempted to gouge out a cash machine with a digger in Omagh in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, January 6).
Police believe the piece of machinery was stolen from a building site a short distance away. It was set on fire following the incident which happened on the Old Mountfield Road at around 4am.
Detectives are investigating the attempted ATM theft and are keen to trace the movements of a car.
“Thieves used a piece of plant machinery in a bid to remove the ‘built-in’ cash machine from a shop. I am keen to trace the movements of a dark-coloured Volkswagen Passat which headed towards Cookstown, and I would appeal to anyone who believes they may have seen this vehicle around this time, or prior to when the incident was reported, to call us,” said Detective Sergeant Robinson.
“I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area around this time and saw any suspicious activity, or anyone who has information about this crime to call detectives in Omagh CID by calling 101, quoting reference 243 of 06/01/19,” added the Detective Sergeant.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.