Man sentenced for ATM theft

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A man has been sentenced today (Thursday) for the theft of an ATM in Tubbercurry in 2014.

Bernard Quigley (43) was convicted of stealing an ATM from the Bank of Ireland in Tubbercurry this week and sentenced to 7 and half years in prison with two years suspended.

He was found guilty of three charges which included criminal damage, theft and possession of a stolen item with the intent to commit a crime.

After a trial lasting three weeks, a jury of seven men and five women found Bernard Quigley guilty on three charges relating to the theft of the automatic teller machine in the early hours of the morning of January 29, 2014.

Quigley, a single man, for whom addresses at Branchfield, Drumfin; Teeling Street, Tubbercurry and a flat at Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh were given, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was charged with the theft of the ATM containing cash; with causing criminal damage to the front wall of the bank and the ATM and with possession of a stolen Komatsu digger at Teeling Street, Tubbercurry.

The trial had heard how a tracked digger, stolen from Reilly’s quarry at Chaffpool on the Tubbercurry-Gurteen road, was used to dig the cash machine out of the front wall of the bank and to load it onto a trailer.

Following reports from a number of witnesses, gardai were able to follow the trail of the van and trailer and the ATM was discovered still on the trailer, when it and the van used to tow it were found abandoned.

Judge Patrick Comerford sentenced Quigley to seven and half years for theft with two years suspended, four years for possession of a stolen item and seven and a half years for criminal damage caused to the Bank of Ireland in Tubbercurry with two years suspended.

The sentences will run concurrently and have been backdated to August 2014 when Quigley was first brought into custody.

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