A cash machine was robbed from a petrol station on the Camlough Road in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
The Camlough Road just outside Newry has been closed in both directions due to the incident.
Detectives in Newry are currently investigating the theft of an ATM machine from commercial premises.
Detective Constable Sarah Lyttle said, “It is believed at this stage that heavy machinery was stolen from a building site on the Camlough Road at around 3.30am this morning, and then used to remove an ATM machine from the wall of a filling station nearby.
“The machinery was set on fire following the incident, blocking the road, which remains closed at this time as we carry out our enquiries.
“I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which may assist our investigation to contact detectives in Ardmore on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has condemned the thieves involved.
“This was a despicable attack on a locally owned business that provides jobs and a crucial service to the community,” he said.
@Larold2202 The A25 is closed Camlough to Newry.Diversions are in place and the bus may be delayed ^JC
— Translink (@Translink_NI) November 6, 2015
School as normal this morning, however it may take a little longer to commence as Camlough to St Paul’s road closed. Please use alternative. — St Pauls High School (@stpaulsbbrook) November 6, 2015
The Camlough Rd in Newry has been closed in both directions due to an ongoing incident. Diversions are in place but delays expected.
— PSNI Road Policing (@PSNITraffic) November 6, 2015