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article imageThieves in truck drag ATM machine right out of Saskatchewan town

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 28, 2016 in Crime
Thieves dragged an ATM machine right of a small Saskatchewan town in the early hours of Sunday morning, pulling it out the main drag and onto the highway. It's the latest in a string of ATM thefts in the province.
It happened in St. Louis, Saskatchewan, a small town of around 500 in the north of the province, south of Prince Albert. The thieves drove up to the ATM at the local credit union and attached it to their white dodge truck and away they went, pulling the entire machine from its moorings and down the road.
A little ways along, witnesses said a block from the credit union, they stopped, got out, and tried to lift the ATM into the back of their truck but it was too heavy. They eventually gave up and quickly hopped back into the cab and sped off — or as quickly as they could given they were pulling an ATM.
Away they went again, driving right out of St. Louis. RCMP said the two men in the first truck were joined by another truck that appeared to be an accomplice vehicle and the two trucks were last seen headed east on highway 25 toward a town called Birch Hills.
There has been a dozen or more thefts of ATMs in Saskatchewan in the past year, RCMP say. In late December thieves were captured on surveillance video smashing their way into the Bella Vista Inn and Bar in Humboldt and backing a black Dodge Ram up to the door to pull out the ATM.
Police do not know if it is the work of many thieves or one gang.
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