Several hundred pounds stolen from ‘pay and display’ machine in Limavady

The machine at Connell Street Limavady was out of order on Thursday due to the lock being 'drilled' into overnight. INLV4915-046KDR
The machine at Connell Street Limavady was out of order on Thursday due to the lock being 'drilled' into overnight. INLV4915-046KDR
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A Limavady councillor has voiced his disgust after a ‘pay and display’ machine in the town was drilled into and money stolen.

The theft happened overnight and it is understood several hundred pounds was taken.

The machine at Connell Street car park appears to have been drilled into. INLV4915-044KDR

The machine at Connell Street car park appears to have been drilled into. INLV4915-044KDR

DUP Councillor Alan Robinson said he was “horrified” to learn of the incident at a machine located in Connell Street car park in the town centre.

“It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to steal money,” said Colr. Robinson. “I was horrified to see whoever did this drilled through the metal casing to break the lock in order to open the door and access the coins below.

“I haven’t seen this in Limavady before, but I know it happened in Coleraine recently, and now it’s on our doorstep but I would like to stress Limavady is a safe place to live, visit and shop. Hopefully this is a one-off. and I’d urge anyone with information about this to contact police. I would also urge people to be vigilant.”

Police received a report that a ‘pay and display’ machine at a Limavady car park had been damaged and money stolen.

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to steal money.

DUP Colr. Alan Robinson

“The incident occurred at Connell Street during the previous night. Police believe the incident was one of a series of similar thefts across the north of Northern Ireland and are asking people to keep report any suspicious activity they see around machines outside normal parking fee hours,” said a spokesperson.