Halton Police are investigating multiple bank machine (ATM) thefts that recently occurred in the Town of Oakville.
The first incident took place on Jan. 18 at around 5:30 a.m.
According to police, three suspects in an older model pickup truck allegedly pulled up to the front doors of the Sobeys Store located at 2441 Lakeshore Rd., W. One of the suspects pried open the sliding door and the suspects gained access to the front vestibule of the store where an ATM machine was located.
The two other suspects tied a chain that was hooked up to the pickup truck around the ATM machine, and the driver then accelerated. The machine was hauled through the doors of the store. The suspects loaded the ATM into the bed of the truck before fleeing.
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The second incident took place on Jan. 24 at approximately 3:30 a.m.
Three suspects in a pickup truck attended the ‘Film.Ca Cinemas’ movie theater located at #25-171 Speers Rd. The suspects used the same technique as the first incident in order to remove the ATM machine.
The first suspect, a male, was wearing, according to police, a black balaclava, a blue hoodie, brown pants, brown boots, and white gloves.
Police say the second suspect, also a male, was wearing a black balaclava, a blue plaid jacket, black pants, black shoes with white soles, and blue gloves .
The third suspect, male, was also wearing a black balaclava, a dark jacket over a bright orange hoodie, black pants, tan work boots, and black gloves.
According to police, the vehicle used in these incidents is described as a 2004 to 2007 Ford F250, with a 4-door crew cab, two-tone – green with tan trim, winter rims, and no tonneau cover.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Halton Police will not be disclosing the value of these ATMs or their contents at this time.
Anyone with information about these ATM thefts is asked to contact D/Cst. Ross Amore at the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2246.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Police are warning business owners that if they do not require an ATM they should not have one.
If you must have an ATM at your place of business, police are asking owners to consider the following theft prevention tips:
•If possible, place the ATM in an area of the store that is not easily accessible or visible from a door or window;
•Maintain ATMs with a minimum amount of currency;
•Equip the ATMs with GPS tracking devices;
•Make sure video surveillance systems are updated, in working order, and positioned to capture the interior and exterior of the business;
•Consider installing bollards and or concrete curbs outside windows and doors to block vehicles;
•Remove any extra signs on windows and doors to give potential witnesses a better view inside the store; and
•Use exterior lighting to give potential witnesses a clear view.
Photos are courtesy of Halton Police.