RCMP investigating ATM-theft attempt
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 06:00 am
Airdrie RCMP is investigating the attempted theft of an ATM machine from Main Street Beer & BBQ Feb. 5, according to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin.
“Two, what we believe to be male subjects, smashed the glass entrance of Main Street Beer & BBQ. They used a towrope or strap that was tied onto the back of the vehicle and attempted to tie onto the ATM inside the (business),” he said. “They made an attempt to pull the ATM out and the tow strap snapped. I guess they got frustrated with their theft efforts and left the scene.”
According to Martin, the incident took place at approximately 2:14 a.m.
Although the incident was caught on video surveillance, Martin said the images are not clear enough to get a good description of the suspects or the vehicle they were driving. He said the two men were wearing gloves and coats with the hoods up and the vehicle appears to be a dark-coloured SUV or mini-van.
The front entrance of the business sustained substantial damage. Martin said RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify those responsible for this attempted theft.
A 21-year-old man from Airdrie was arrested Feb. 18 after causing a disturbance at the Hi Ho Gas and Grocery located on Meadowbrook Drive. According to Martin, the man is charged with resisting a peace officer, causing a disturbance and possession of a controlled substance.
The incident took place at approximately 4:50 p.m. when RCMP received reports of a man jumping up and down and yelling obscenities in the middle of the street.
“RCMP was dispatched to the area of East Lake Boulevard and Meadowbrook Drive with reports of a male acting quite strangely. It was reported to police that this male was possibly intoxicated and we were fearing for his own safety,” Martin said.
According to Martin, RCMP was not able to immediately locate the man; however, acting on witness reports, members were eventually able to find him in the washroom at the Hi Ho.
“He initially was co-operative with members and members were trying to get his name and some information from him and possibly diagnose what he might have been consuming for intoxicants,” he said. “The male admitted to using some drugs and at this time he was placed under arrest. He immediately started to resist arrest. It took several officers to restrain him and handcuff him.”
One RCMP member was injured during the arrest and will be on light duty until he fully recovers, according to Martin. The suspect was uninjured.
Martin said RCMP would not be releasing the name of the suspect due to the nature of the incident and possible mental health involvement.
RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman wanted in connection with a theft from the grocery section at the Airdrie Walmart Feb. 1.
“A female was in Walmart and did some grocery shopping. She made no attempts to pay on the way out and left with quite a significant amount of groceries,” Martin said. “We don’t know the exact value (of the groceries).”
RCMP describes the woman as Caucasian, in her mid-20s with long blonde hair. She was wearing a grey toque with a pom-pom, black winter jacket, grey leggings and fuzzy boots.
If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com