Since March, 16 diggers have been stolen across the Counties Manukau district alone. Four have so far been recovered. Counties Manukau East area prevention manager Inspector Chris Barry said the diggers were being targeted in remote work sites or new developments at night time.
Barry said there had been a spike in June, with five reported stolen diggers in the district. But their motivations aren't so clear yet. He said there was a possibility they could be used for scrap metal. There was also a chance some might be used for other work or sent off shore. He said those stealing the diggers would "almost certainly" disguise themselves to look like construction workers. Trying to identify potentially stolen diggers was also difficult for police, as they didn't have VIN numbers like motor vehicles did, Barry said.
Police were calling on the public for their help. Construction companies could play their part too. Barry said sites should be secured at night and, if possible, for valuable equipment to be removed overnight. Another simple way could be to find a way to immobilise diggers, so they can't be started. Barry said GPS trackers were relatively inexpensive.
Barry said police would also be proactive in stopping vehicles to make sure the diggers weren't taken unlawfully. So far no arrests had been made over the four recovered diggers. Thieves strike Auckland construction sites at night, stealing diggers. Jarred WilliamsonAug 23 Police said thieves were targeting unattended construction sites across south Auckland, especially at night file photo.
Police recommended removing expensive equipment overnight or immobilising it to stop theft file photo.These are external links and will open in a new window. Two cash machines have been stolen in County Antrim and there has been an attempted robbery of another in County Armagh.
Two machines were ripped from the wall by a digger and placed into a pick-up truck. The digger was set alight before at least three men made off. They said "the criminals were unsuccessful in their attempt and ran off from the scene, leaving the ATM and telehandler behind".
The PSNI have appealed for information about the incidents, which they do not believe are linked, and said stolen diggers "were used in both attacks". Last month, the PSNI announced the creation of a new team of detectives to investigate cash machine thefts, following an upsurge in the number of built-in cash machines being ripped from the walls of commercial properties by plant machinery.
Mr Evans said he wanted "to reassure the public that we continue to do everything that we can to stop these attacks and catch those responsible".
Elsewhere, in the Republic of Ireland, two cash machines containing substantial sums of money were stolen in Kells, in County Meath, in the early hours of Friday morning. The machines were ripped from the walls of both the Bank of Ireland and an Allied Irish Bank on John Street just after local time. The PM thanks those who treated him for coronavirus as the public is reminded to stay at home. Ireland selected N. Ireland Politics Local News. Northern Ireland. Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Two cash machines were stolen in Crumlin, County Antrim, and a digger was set alight Two cash machines have been stolen in County Antrim and there has been an attempted robbery of another in County Armagh.
The unsuccessful attempt was at a Costcutter in Craigavon. Police said it happened shortly before BST at Drumgor shops.
'Stolen diggers' used in cash machine raids in Crumlin and Craigavon
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Nottinghamshire Police were called at 3. They witnessed the digger being driven out of a building site in Park Lane, Basfordand officers descended on the scene. However, the suspect did not manage to get away with the mini-excavator because of the speed the vehicle was travelling at.
Officers smashed the window and pulled a man from the driver's seat after it failed to stop. A force spokesman added: "A year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and driving while disqualified following the incident. Get the most important news straight in your inbox before 9am every day - sign up to Nottinghamshire Live's newsletter. No complicated forms to fill out, just enter your email address in the black box at the top of this page.
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Stolen digger prompts fears of ‘ATM attack’
Dramatic pictures have laid bare the extent of damage caused to a Lidl store looters allegedly used a digger to attack it. Striking images show huge sections of the Dublin supermarket's roof completely caved in and the building surrounded by debris. Eight men have been charged with theft, burglary and trespassing offences, after jaw-dropping footage of the alleged incident appeared online.
Videos appears to show a large digger being used to bash in the roof of the Tallaght store and groups of men attack a safe buried in the snow. The defendants, aged between 24 and 47 years, were due to appear in court on Saturday morning. A ninth man, in his 30s, has been arrested for handling stolen property.
Irish police said the store on Fortunestown Lane in the west of the city had sustained substantial damage, while another store had also been damaged. The alleged incident came amid some of the worst snow storms to hit Ireland for decades. Dramatic footage appears to show the vehicle tearing down the store's roof while another shows a mob attempt to break open a safe in the snow. The video appears to show thieves using the stolen digger to tear down the roof of the supermarket. Following the raid on the Lidl store, which almost flattened the building, locals on Saturday were forced to drag their shopping baskets in the snow, a mile to the next outlet to stock up.
As well as the looting of the two supermarkets, the shells of several burnt-out cars were found abandoned in the snow following a night of vandalism. A Lidl spokesman said: 'Given that the incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation we are not in a position to comment further at this time'.
Irish Police said in a statement: 'Following reports of burglary and theft of vehicles, Garda units deployed in the Tallaght District and nine arrests were made to date.
All those arrested are currently detained at Dublin Garda Stations. A member of Ireland's ruling Fine Gael party, parliamentarian Colm Brophy, said: 'I utterly condemn this mindless criminal behaviour that has been carried out in recent hours.
He added: 'I am particularly mindful that these actions have taken place in the midst of a code red weather warning when our emergency services are at full stretch.
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A member of the public was woken up by a "loud banging sound" before seeing the digger being driven away, Nottinghamshire Police added. The detained man, 35, is being held on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and driving while disqualified. Send your story ideas to eastmidsnews bbc. The PM thanks those who treated him for coronavirus as the public is reminded to stay at home. England selected Local News Regions Nottingham selected.
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Why you can trust BBC News. Politics Home Parliaments Brexit.By Luke Andrews For Mailonline. A Tesco Extra has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after thieves used a digger to rip three ATMs from the supermarket's wall. The machines were cracked open in the midnight ram-raid on the store in Dover, Kent, yesterday. It comes as staff in Tesco's have worked overtime to feed the nation as shoppers clear shelves due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Tesco Extra store in Dover, Kent, was targeted in the raid yesterday at midnight. Three ATM machines were torn out of the wall of the store by thieves using a digger.Uk police chase down stolen JCB digger - no comment
Crumpled metal was seen strewn across the floor outside the Tesco's in horrifying pictures taken this morning. Kent Police said two of their vehicles were rammed and damaged by the digger as the thieves attempted to escape. No serious injuries were reported, they said.
An investigation has been launched. Tesco said the store remains open today and is still welcoming customers. Kent residents have reacted to the ram-raid with fury.
One tweeted: 'Look at these disgusting scenes someone turning up at Tesco in Dover over the last few days while this virus is gripping the country! It is unclear how much money had been in the cash machines at the time.
The scene shows crumpled metal lying on the floor after the ATM machines were taken. Kent police said that no arrests have been made following the ram-raid at the store. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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The criminals used the digger to load the ATMs onto the back of a truck before they sped off, colliding with two police cars during the getaway.
The Tesco store, located in Kent, is now closed and photos have started circulating on social media showing the digger at the scene of the crime. In the photos, the orange vehicle can be seen discarded outside the entrance of the store, with broken glass and rubble strewn on the ground after the ATMs were ripped from the wall.
Last night this digger was used to rip the cash machine from the wall The digger also appears to have damaged the roof of the building after its believed thieves targeted the store in the early hours of this morning.
The area has now been sealed with police tape and it's unknown when the supermarket will reopen - although staff believe it could be later today. A statement from Kent Police reads: "Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after cash machines were stolen from a supermarket in Dover.
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