Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Great ATM robberies of Ireland show a sense showmanship and style but these guys aren't Robin Hood and the Merry Men

Dear All

People in Ireland are doing through a spate of ‘great ATM digger robberies’ at present.

A typical ATM can hold easily about £100,000.

Enterprising crooks have hit on the idea of turning up at the banks and shops with their mechanical digger ripping the ATM out, loading it on to a van and doing a runner.

So far the 18 ATMs have been targeted causing damage to several banks and shops.

At present, no-one has been charged but the Police state they are following genuine lines of inquiry.

Glyn Roberts for Northern Ireland retailers said;

"There is now not a week that goes by that another small business owner is the victim of an ATM robbery and serious questions need to be asked as to why no arrests have been made in relation to any of these attacks."

How hard is it to spot a digger going down the street?

It’s big!

One robbery at 3 am in Templepatrick on the main road to Belfast International Airport must have attracted attention.

It can only be a matter of time before the crooks get caught because although they have hit on a novel idea, there are only so many possible locations they can target. This means that a taskforce will be able to narrow down possible sites because of access.

These guys will eventually get caught as their luck will surely run out; then there is the problem of getting rid of the cash.

A reward of up to £25,000 is being offered for anyone who can help catch the criminals targeting cash machines in Northern Ireland.

Giving the number of robberies, £25,000, the reward offer is so pitiful that you would be better to apply for a job with the crooks!

£150,000 sounds tasty enough to move lips.

These robberies although serious have a certain comic value, the poor taking from the rich and keeping to themselves!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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