The Edmonton Police Service has charged a man in connection to an ATM theft that occurred this morning.
On Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, police responded to a report of an intrusion alarm at a cash advance merchant just before 6:30 a.m. in the area of 55 Street and 137 Avenue.
Upon arrival, police determined that heavy machinery damaged the front of the building. Northeast Division’s patrol sergeant observed a front-end loader a few blocks away and a vehicle stop was attempted.
“When the vehicle didn’t stop for police, a very low speed pursuit ensured,” says Staff Sgt. James Vanderland with Northeast Division. “Police followed the vehicle for about 5 minutes going under 20 km/h.”
The suspect vehicle pulled over and finally stopped. There was an ATM located in the bucket of the front-end loader. The male driver was arrested without incident.
Christopher Hoffele, 29, was charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.
A similar incident occurred in West Edmonton yesterday.
On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, police were called to a business in the area of 133 Street and 114 Avenue just after 8:15 a.m. on the report of property damage. It was reported that an ATM was stolen and one wall of the business was severely damaged. Police believe heavy machinery may have also been used in this crime.
Police believe both incidents may be connected and continue to investigate.
Anyone who has information about these incidents 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.