DETECTIVES have issued an urgent appeal for information after a brazen ‘hole in the wall gang’ mounted an audacious early morning cash grab outside the Antrim Asda store in the early hours of Friday.

Working with military precision, thieves using a fleet of vehicles made their move shortly after 2am.

By the time they had finished, minutes later, the building housing the ATM machines had been demolished and the cash boxes were nowhere to be seen.

Detective Sergeant Gray confirmed that there was evidence of significant planning before the heist.

“It is believed the cash boxes were taken away from the scene in a white coloured pick-up type vehicle and dark coloured four-door saloon car.

“The white coloured Mitsubishi L200 pick-up style, registration SH61 MHE, is believed to have been stolen from the Ballyeaston village area of Ballyclare shortly before 11.05pm on Thursday.

“The vehicle was later found burnt out on the Tildarg Road at around 7.20am on Friday morning.

“Police believe that a white coloured canopy which was part of the vehicle at the time it was stolen had been removed and discarded in the area prior to the ATM theft taking place.

“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident, or who have seem a white coloured canopy in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 62 /1/2/19.”

*Full story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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