Regional RCMP effort stops criminals after ATM thefts in Hanna, Oyen

Hanna RCMP continues seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a female associated with a business break-in and ATM theft that occurred in Hanna on Sun. Nov. 24.

At 5:30 a.m., two masked individuals broke through the front door of the Canada Grey Motor Inn, in Hanna.

Using a stolen Ford F150, the suspects smashed the main entrance and pulled out the ATM.

At approximately 6 a.m., the same two masked individuals broke through the front door of the Deb Mart in Oyen

Using the stolen Ford F350 vehicle, the suspects smashed the main entrance and pulled out the ATM.

After removing the ATM from the property, the masked individuals returned to remove cigarettes and lottery tickets from the counter.

The vehicle described in this break and enter has since been located burned out in a rural area near Consort, Alta.

A lengthy pursuit in the afternoon of Sun. Nov. 24, throughout eastern Alberta, took place involving a subject believed to be involved with the recent ATM thefts throughout Oyen and Hanna.

The driver of the vehicle in the pursuit failed to stop for police, evading the deployed spike belts.

Assistance was provided by the Consort, Coronation, Hanna, Oyen, Provost, Wainwright and Vermillion RCMP Detachments.

Members of the RCMP Police Dog Services stationed in Calgary, Red Deer and Lloydminster also responded.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the pursuit is in custody as of Sunday.

Charges have not been brought before the court at this time so the identity of the accused will not be provided until that has occurred.

During the arrest, a sawed-off pump-action shotgun was seized as well as a number of materials consistent with break and enter tools.

“Police look to remind businesses to remain vigilant after routine hours,” said Cst. Patrick Lambert, Media Relations Unit. “When in doubt, safety first and call the police.”

If you have any information or have seen anything suspicious in the area, please contact the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3393.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

 

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