Man appears in court following Antrim ATM raid

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Nevin Farrell

A man has appeared in court in connection with the theft of a double ATM from a Tesco store close to Antrim Police Station.

Jamie McConnell (26), of Templeton Park in Templepatrick, County Antrim, was in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The charge is that he 'conspired with others to steal ATM machines to unknown value belonging to various banks and businesses' on dates between October 27, 2018 and December 6 this year.

A digger was used to steal the ATM at Tesco last Friday and the vehicle was found on fire at the scene.

Police recovered the stolen ATMs in the Birch Hill Road area of Antrim, a few miles from the scene.

A police officer told Coleraine Court he believed he could connect the accused to the charge.

A defence solicitor said it is understood there may be further arrests and the defendant was of the view he shouldn't apply for bail "until everyone is spoken to".

The defendant was remanded in custody to appear at Antrim Magistrates Court via video link on December 17.

 

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