Southern Alberta RCMP have nabbed three suspects after an investigation into ATM thefts at several businesses.
In the process, police seized money, property, and vehicles stolen from across Southern Alberta, including Fort MacLeod.
The Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (SAD CRU) was notified of a break-in at a TD Bank in Oyen on the morning of March 24, where an explosion was used to access an ATM.
SAD CRU was joined by Hanna and Oyen RCMP in locating the suspects, who were found in a hotel.
Police arrested 42-year-old Kevin Sider of Leduc, 41-year-old Robert Foster of Big Valley, and 34-year-old Leslie Asachuk of Mirror, and executed two search warrants of their homes.
They seized over $130,000, three trucks stolen from Fort McLeod and Rosetown Saskatchewan, break-in tools including an improvised explosive device similar to the one used in Oyen, and other stolen property.
The three men are facing the following charges:
- Break and enter to a business
- Mischief to property causing damage
- Explosion of an explosive device that caused damage to property
- Laundering proceeds of crime
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
- Possession of break-in instruments
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
Sider has also been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
Both Sider and Asachuk had outstanding warrants at the time of their arrests.
All three suspects were held for Judicial Interim Hearings, with Sider and Foster being remanded into custody to appear in Drumheller Provincial Court on April 22 and April 8, respectively.
Asachuk was released with conditions to appear in Hanna Provincial Court on April 27.
SAD CRU is continuing its investigation into the ATM thefts.