A DAD of two young children from north Belfast man has faced a court charged over the theft of almost £60,000 after police foiled the latest ATM heist.
Lee Wilson, 31, from Benview Drive, is accused of taking part in the raid at a service station on Tully Road, Nutt’s Corner, in Co Antrim in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The cash machine was valued at £16,000 and contained around £59,090 in new Ulster Bank notes.
A PSNI detective told the court that up to four people were involved in the daring raid.
Wilson faced Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on seven charges including theft, criminal damage, arson and driving without a licence or insurance.
District Judge Nigel Broderick was told that Wilson had made “full admissions” over his role in the heist and had been “very co-operative with police”
A defence solicitor told the court Wilson was a “bit player” and added that he was “a very small fish in what may be described as a large pond”.
But the magistrate refused Wilson bail, saying the case involved “very serious offending”.
Wilson was remanded into custody to Maghaberry prison.
A 26-year-old man also arrested over the heist remains in police custody as police inquiries continue.