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Kearney condemns thefts in Crumlin as a criminal attack on local community

19 April, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has strongly condemned the latest theft of two ATMs which was carried out at Tesco in Crumlin last night.

Declan Kearney said:

“The latest ATM theft carried out at Tesco in Crumlin last night will have serious repercussions for the people of Crumlin and the wider community.

“This is not a victimless crime. Those behind this criminality have demonstrated absolute contempt for the residents of Crumlin and the wider rural community, which depends on these ATMs for everyday needs. As a result the local Tesco store will remain closed today. 

“Those responsible are criminals. Their actions represent a criminal attack upon this local community. They must be put before the courts and held accountable for these actions.

 “Anyone with information relating to this theft which will assist the PSNI inquiry should contact police or Crimestoppers and ensure the criminals involved are brought before the courts and put off our streets.”

Speaking from the scene of the theft this morning, Sinn Féin Councillor and election candidate for the area, Anne Marie Logue, also appealed for help to apprehend the criminals.

Cllr Logue said:

“The Crumlin community are devastated to find that they are now the latest victims of this spate of ATM thefts. 

“This is not only an act of wanton theft and destruction of property, it is an attack on the whole community who rely on the ATM services which are now no longer available to them.

“The fact it has happened in the run up to Easter will be an added inconvenience and source of huge disruption to the people of Crumlin and the surrounding areas.

“I would ask the public to pass any information about this theft directly to the police by ringing their incident line 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” 

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