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Cullyhanna man part of ATM gang that stole €800,000 jailed for three years

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A County Armagh man has been jailed for three years for his part in the theft of almost €800,000 in a series of ATM raids in 2018 and 2019.

Niall Finnegan, 39, of Cherry Grove, Cullyhanna, and his gang were linked to a number of raids and attempted raids which had been carried out in the Cavan, Monaghan and Meath areas over that two year period.

The gang used excavators to rip the ATMs from their premises in the six incidents along the border area.

Finnegan was today (Monday) handed the sentence at Dublin’s Special Criminal Court after he admitted possession of €103,000 following his arrest in Co Meath on August 20, 2019.

Gardaí stopped a car Finnegan was in and found €15,000 in the footwell and another €88,900 in the boot.

RTE News reports how Mr Justice Hunt denied a request by the father of three to stay out of prison and begin his sentence after Christmas.

He sentenced Finnegan to four and a half years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

To date, gardaí have only recovered €440,000 of the €790,000 stolen during the raids.

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