A number of cash machines have been stolen from businesses and hotels in Edmonton this month and police are warning owners to take extra precautions.
Scott Pattison, spokesperson for the Edmonton Police Service, said March 7, 11 and 15 of this year, there were ATMs stolen from hotels in the city and there have been a number of other ATM thefts in surrounding areas.
Investigators released photos of the incidents on March 7 and 11, which show two male suspects steal ATMs from at hotels, one near 105 Avenue and 111 Street and the other near 53 Avenue adn Calgary Trail.
The other ATM theft, on March 15, happened at a hotel near 76 Avenue and 45 Street.
Pattison said police want businesses and hotels to put their ATMs in high-traffic areas and have cameras on them, if possible.
“In some cases, they’ve actually slipped in through side doors and back doors with moving carts, dollies per say, and loaded the machines on and taking them,” explained Pattison. “We’re really encouraging business owners, if possible, to bolt those machines to the floor or at least move them to a central location.”
Pattison added investigators believe at least two of the incidents are connected.
“We think two of them are by the same suspects, two male suspects, who have been involved in both of these events but there are other ones (thefts),” remarked Pattison.
Investigators are also looking into ATM thefts in Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan and other surrounding communities.
If you have any information, you’re asked to contact police at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online. (twd)