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Police believe trailer was used in two ATM thefts

A court has heard how police believe a trailer recovered following a search of a shed in Beragh was used in the thefts of two ATMs in Co Fermanagh and Tyrone.

Matthew McLean from Glenpark Road in Gortin, who is charged with a number of offences linked to ATM thefts, was refused bail.

McLean, who’s 29, spoke only to confirm he understood the four charges against him.

He is accused of concealing criminal property, possessing criminal property, handling stolen goods and theft.

Police carried out a number of searches in the Omagh area on Thursday and a digger worth £60,000 was recovered in the shed.

It is believed the digger had been stolen last Friday. A trailer was also recovered from the shed.

A detective constable told the court she believes the trailer recovered was used in the ATM thefts in both Killyclogher Omagh in February and Irvinestown in March 2019.

A lawyer for McLean argued there is no proof it was the trailer used.

The court also heard that the digger recovered was not used in any of the ATM thefts.

Bail was refused. The case will be heard again next month.

The police investigation is looking at ATMs in Fintona, Killyclogher, the Ballygawley Road and Irvinestown areas between December 2018 and March 2019.

Another man aged 31 who was also arrested was released on police bail pending further enquiries.