ATM Thefts ///

The Edmonton Police Service is cautioning hotels and other businesses that offer ATM services to customers to take steps to protect their machines, after several of the money machines were recently stolen.

Detectives are investigating several incidents involving the theft of ATM machines from area businesses, including hotels, which have occurred across the city.

On March 7, 2017, two male suspects (see photos below) were attempting to steal an ATM machine from a hotel near 105 Avenue and 111 Street, when they were confronted by residents and fled the area on foot.

On March 11, 2017, two male suspects (see photos below) are alleged to have broken into a game room at a hotel near 53 Avenue and Calgary Trail, and using a handcart to make off with the machine. Surveillance video shows the male suspects loading the ATM machine into a black, newer model Dodge Ram pick-up truck, which parked in an alley behind the hotel. The truck was being driven by a female accomplice with long, dark hair.

On March 15, 2017, two male suspects broke into an ATM machine at a hotel near 76 Avenue and 45 Street. In each incident, the suspects made off with undisclosed amounts of cash. Investigators have yet to confirm whether the same suspects are responsible for all of the thefts.

Additional thefts of ATM machines have also been reported in nearby communities, including Stony Plain and Fort Saskatchewan.

Business managers and owners are encouraged to place their ATM machines in high traffic areas that are well lit and covered by surveillance cameras. Police are also recommending that the ATM machines be attached with bolts to the floor, when possible.

Anyone with information about these ATM machine thefts and/or who can identify the suspects involved is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

*Info from Edmonton Police Media Release, March 16, 2017
*ATM photo credit: Konica Minolta