ATM user left shaken after robber approaches him with claw hammer

A man withdrawing cash from an ATM in Dungannon was confronted by a robber brandishing a claw hammer, according to police.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:02 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:05 pm

The incident happened at Thomas Street in the town around 4pm on Wednesday.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

They say the man was withdrawing cash from the ATM when he noticed a small vehicle, which is described as being ‘charcoal grey’ in colour, pull up behind him.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attempted robbery.

Detective Constable McCaffrey said: "A man, who had his face covered, approached the victim, armed with a claw hammer.

"The victim managed to run away and no money was taken but he is understandably shaken by the incident.

"The suspect, who is described as approximately 5' 8'' tall and was wearing a dark coloured puffa type jacket then got back into the grey vehicle which drove off towards Thomas Street roundabout.

"I would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time or may have captured any dashcam footage to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1242 of 24/3/21."

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via the PSNI website, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.


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