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Thieves use forklift to rip ATM from Keady supermarket wall

Detectives are appealing for information after an ATM was ripped from a supermarket wall in Keady in the early hours of Wednesday morning last (21st March).

The incident happened at Rice’s supermarket in Victoria Street in the town shortly before 2am on Wednesday morning.  Staff turned up to work to discover a gaping hole in the wall of the supermarket where audacious thieves, using a Forklift which is understood to belong to the supermarket, removed the ATM machine entirely from the building, before making off with the cash from inside it. 

The forklift truck was abandoned amid the scene of devastation left behind following the attack. The same ATM was targeted four years ago, with the culprits using a gas explosion to blast open the machine before stealing the cash. 

Sinn Fein councillor Darren McNally has condemned the incident as “an attack on the whole community.” Expressing his anger at yet another ATM raid in the town, Mr McNally added,

“There appears to have been a degree of sophisticated planning and organisation in carrying out this attack.

“These criminals have no respect for the local community, the people of Keady are extremely angry and I share their anger.

“I would also urge anyone who has information on the attack to come forward.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives in Lurgan on 101, quoting reference 176 21/03/18.