A jury at Sligo Circuit Court took less than an hour to convict Bernard Quigley, aged 43, with an address at Branchfield, Drumfin, Co Sligo, who had denied three charges in connection with the incident.
During his trial the jury heard that a Komatsu digger was used to rip the ATM safe out of the wall of the Bank of Ireland at Teeling St, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, in the early hours of January 29, 2014.
The court heard that it cost €40,000 to repair the bank wall and restore the ATM.
After the jury unanimously convicted Quigley of three charges, Judge Francis Comerford praised members of the public who had alerted gardaí. He also praised the garda investigation saying he disagreed with a claim that it had been “a shambles”.
He will sentence the accused today.
The jury of seven men and five women had been told that the stolen ATM had fallen off the back of a trailer almost immediately after the culprits drove away from the bank at speed.
Gardaí discovered a white van, trailer and the ATM abandoned on a country road at Carrowneden, Coolaney, not far from the scene of the theft. The keys were in the van and the lights were still on.
In her summing up, Eileen O’Leary, prosecuting, said gardaí were unlucky not to have caught the culprits red-handed.
Counsel told the jury that the defendant’s DNA was found at four locations and on three vehicles connected with the theft, including on the handles of the stolen digger.
The jury was told that suspicious items including metal-cutting equipment which gardaí believed would have been used to open the ATM, were found in an isolated forest the day after the robbery.
The accused had denied dishonestly appropriating an ATM containing cash on January 29, 2014.
He also denied being in possession of a stolen digger, and of causing criminal damage to a wall and ATM housing at Teeling St, Tubbercurry, on the same date.