Two men have been arrested after gardaí intervened in an attempted ATM robbery in the early hours of this morning.
Both uniform and plain clothes gardaí intercepted the suspected raiders at a hotel in Virginia, Co Cavan.
The incident happened just before 3am on the Main Street in Virginia at the AIB ATM situated beside the popular Riverfront bar and restaurant, just yards from the garda station.
Two men have been arrested in connection with this investigation.
Wreckage from a dark coloured 4×4 type vehicle was strewn across the footpath on the opposite side of the road to the ATM.
It was unclear if the damaged vehicle was one being used by the robbery gang or a garda vehicle.
The garda intervention occurred just as the digger was being prepared to drag the ATM from the wall of the building.
The main street in Virginia remains closed as investigations continue.
In the early hours of this morning Wednesday 14 August 2019 Gardai attached to Cavan/ Monaghan Garda Division supported by National Units intervened in an attempted ATM robbery in Virginia, Co. Cavan. 2 males are currently arrested. Investigations are ongoing. pic.twitter.com/mGIBdg4Yvm
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) August 14, 2019
In May, a spokesperson for the PSNI said they have carried out 41 searches, 15 arrests recovered tens of thousands of pounds after a spate of ATM raids across Northern Ireland and the border counties at the beginning of the year.
The raids led to fears that banks would withdraw ATMs from rural locations.