Thieves steal $700,000 from ATMs in Ontario and Quebec
Published Sunday, November 25, 2012 6:01PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 25, 2012 6:30PM EST
Police are looking for a pair of thieves who have been targeting ATMs in Ontario and Quebec.
Since July 2011, the men have been linked to more than 50 incidents in Waterloo, Halton, Niagara, Hamilton, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham, Ottawa and Quebec.
In total they’ve stolen $700,000 in cash.
The thieves have a well rehearsed routine. On Tuesdays or Sundays they look for ATMs in isolated areas, usually bingo halls, flea markets, arenas, retail or grocery stores.
One of the men carries a crowbar to pry open the door of the business. He then uses an oxy-acetelyne torch to break into the machines. The second man carries the torch fuel.
Sometimes the men are in and out in less than 60 seconds.
They’ve also been known to strike several locations in a single day.
The first suspect is described as:
- Stocky build
- 225 lbs.
The second suspect is described as:
- Slim build
- 180 lbs.
Police have also released surveillance video of a man seen just before incidents in Richmond Hill, Mississauga and Toronto. He’s described as:
- Medium build
- In his 40s or 50s
- Greying hair
- Walks with a limp and appears to favour his left leg
There is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bob Lester of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2335 or e-mail Bob.Lester@haltonpolice.ca.