Wicklow ATM theft rips front from bank building

A major investigation is underway after an armed gang ripped an ATM from a branch of Bank of Ireland in Co Wicklow this morning.

A major investigation is underway after an armed gang ripped an ATM from a branch of Bank of Ireland in Co Wicklow this morning.

The gang of six men used a digger to remove the cash machine from the bank in Tinahely just before 6am. Gardaí say they fled from the scene in a dark-coloured car.

Extensive damage is said to have been caused to the building.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen the following vehicles overnight to contact them - a Black Mitsubishi Pajero registraion 03 CN 712, a Silver Toyota Landcruiser 06 KK 946 and a tractor and trailer unit.

All three vehicles were stolen overnight in Carlow and Wexford and were abandoned at the scene.

The gang left in a dark coloured car towards the Aughrim Road.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. The Garda Confidential Line is 1800 666 111.

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