RCMP pursue links in ATM thefts

An attempted break-in at a North Okanagan business Monday morning has RCMP looking at similarities with recent crimes.

An attempted break-in at a North Okanagan business Monday morning has RCMP looking at similarities with recent crimes.

Enderby RCMP were called to Sutherland’s Bakery at 4:30 a.m. Monday after a report of a break-in.

“The side door had been smashed and somebody attempted to steal the ATM machine,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “It appears they tried to use a rope to remove the machine but left before it was fully removed from the building.”

Police believe a white Chevy Club Cab pick-up may have been involved in the incident, but patrols of the area failed to locate the vehicle.

“There have recently been a couple of attempts to steal ATMs or safes from around the area and we’ve been given a description of a white truck,” said Molendyk. “Whether it’s the same truck, we’re not quite sure but there are similiarities.”

An ATM was successfully removed from a store in Coldstream, and someone tried to take out the safe from the Royal York Golf Course clubhouse in Armstrong, but were scared away. In that case, entrance to the clubhouse was gained by smashing a window.

Molendyk said he was led to believe that an ATM had been removed from a business in either Salmon Arm or Sicamous, but was not sure of the details in that case.

Anybody with any information on the Sutherland’s attempt Monday is asked to call the RCMP, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-4877, or leave a tip on the local Crime Stoppers’ website, www.nokscrimestoppers.com.