Pair use truck to steal ATM machine

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Airdrie RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify two people who stole an ATM bank machine from the Sobey’s grocery store on Mackenzie Way Dec. 7.

According to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin, the pair used a white Ford F-350 crew cab pick up truck to steal the ATM at approximately 4:55 a.m.

“(The driver) backed up to the Sobey’s entrance way. They gained entry by smashing the door open,” Martin said. “Two, what we believe to be male suspects, were working together. One suspect wrapped a tow strap around an ATM while the other drove the truck forward and they were able to pull the ATM right out of Sobeys.”

Video surveillance was retrieved from the business, which shows a white Ford F-350 Super Duty, four-door crew cab truck with a thin vertical black rack between the cab and bed, black railings along the top of the bed and running boards.

According to Martin, the truck has since been recovered and RCMP is going over it for fingerprints and other identification.

RCMP describes the first suspect as wearing what is thought to be an Edmonton Oilers jersey with the number 97 on the back. He was also wearing beige pants and a black mask.

The second suspect is described as wearing black shoes, beige pants and a black sweater/hoodie. He also appeared to be wearing some kind of mask and was carrying a crow bar and a black bag with red straps.

RCMP is asking anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this incident to call the Airdrie detachment at 403-945-7267 and ask for Const. Carson Ferguson.

The Airdrie Festival of Lights Society (AFOLS) is dealing with the theft of a generator from its location at Nose Creek Park Dec. 9.

Michelle Pirzek, AFOL co-ordinator, said the festival is still able to keep the lights glowing and just wants their generator back.

“I’ll shake their hand and give them a free train ride even just for doing the right thing,” she said. “We all make bad decisions in life sometimes. It’s just how we rectify them or make amends.”

Martin said the incident was reported to RCMP Dec. 10. The generator is a Honda 3500 model.

“They believe it was stolen between 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 9,” he said. “At this time, we’re just asking for any witnesses that might have seen or heard anything in the area to contact RCMP.”

The generator is valued at approximately $3,000. Pirzek said the festival has insurance but will have to weigh the cost of the generator against any required deductible before deciding whether to submit a claim.

“It was a personal board member’s equipment that we had been borrowing. The right thing to do is get it replaced,” she said.

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

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