Edmonton, Alberta – Police have laid charges against three men in relation to two separate automated teller machine (ATM) thefts that occurred earlier this year.
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at approximately 4:50 a.m., a GMC Sierra 1500 allegedly occupied by three males, pulled up to a Bingo Hall in the area of 122 Street and 137 Avenue. The three males then allegedly worked together to conduct a break and enter into the business, chained an ATM to the back of the truck and then subsequently used the truck to rip the ATM from the premises. The male suspects then allegedly loaded the ATM into the rear of the truck and fled the scene.
The ATM stolen from this location was discovered several hours after the break and enter, a short distance away in a residential area. The ATM was inoperable and without cash. Police suspect the GMC Sierra 1500 allegedly used in this theft was stolen, but has yet to be recovered.
Douglas Coxworthy, 42, and Kevin Deines, 40, are both charged with breaking and entering with intent and disguise with intent in relation to this incident. The third suspect involved has yet to be identified.
“ATM thefts are more than a victimless crime,” says Det. Dan Behiels, with Northwest Division’s Criminal Investigation Section. “This kind of crime can have significant operational and financial impacts on a business.”
On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at approximately 2 a.m., police were called to a pub in the area of Gateway Boulevard and 45 Avenue during a reported break and enter. Upon arrival, Southwest Division officers located two male suspects believed to have broken into the pub, removed a secured ATM from the floor and placed it in a cart to haul away.
Douglas Coxworthy, 42, and Darren Lopushinsky, 48, are both charged with breaking and entering with intent, possession of break-in instruments and mischief under $5,000 in relation to this incident.
While the ATM wasn’t successfully removed from the premises in this instance, there was damage to the machine and the exterior of the pub as a result. Police also believe a third suspect was involved in this incident; however the suspect has yet to be identified.
“We’d like to remind citizens that any information pertaining to these ATM thefts can be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers,” says Det. Behiels.
There have been 17 ATM incidents in Edmonton so far this year. The Edmonton Police Service is also working closely with the RCMP to investigate these crimes.
Anyone with any information about ATM thefts or the suspects involved are asked 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.
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