MONAGHAN, Ireland - A shocking robbery in Monaghan on Sunday left law enforcement authorities in the country baffled after thieves targeted a cash-stacked ATM in Ballybay.
Gardai launched an investigation into the incident that occurred on Sunday morning and revealed that three thieves carried out an elaborate operation - which ended with an entire ATM machine being stolen.
Gardai said that at about 3 am on Sunday morning, three masked men used a tractor to transfer a mechanical digger to a Bank of Ireland in Ballybay.
The robbers are said to have used the mechanical digger in the dead of the night, to break into the bank's entrance.
They then loaded the ATM machine onto a trailer and drove away from the area.
Not just the modus operandi, but also the fact that the entire robbery was wrapped up within just a few minutes - has left investigators baffled.
In a statement on Sunday, a Garda spokesperson explained, "A digger was towed to the scene by a tractor and trailer. It was then used to remove the ATM from the wall of the bank and a large SUV, possibly a Toyoto Land Cruiser, with a trailer was used to carry it from the scene in the direction of Cootehill or Carrickmacross. The tractor was set on fire at the scene."
While officials have not revealed the exact amount of cash that was within the stolen ATM machine, reports noted that the ATM was stolen right after it was stocked with cash for the Christmas season.
The ATM machine could also reportedly hold up to 100,000 euros.
Gardai said that they have launched a manhunt for the thieves involved in the bank break-in and robbery.