Kelowna gas station break-in doesn't go to plan

A pair of bungling thieves are likely feeling a little embarrassed after their attempt to steal a bank machine from a gas station in Kelowna, B.C. didn't go according to plan.

Stolen ATM recovered mere metres from Kelowna crime scene at the side of Highway 97

RCMP found the stolen ATM a mere 15 metres from the crime scene in Kelowna, B.C. (CBC)

A pair of hapless thieves are likely feeling a little embarrassed after their attempt to steal a bank machine in Kelowna, B.C. didn't go according to plan.

Kelowna RCMP say two masked men forced the glass doors of a gas station from their hinges around 4 a.m. PT Sunday in the 3600 block of Highway 97 North and made off with the ATM.

Sort of.

The ATM was found just 15 metres away, lying at the side of Highway 97, just west of the gas station. Police say it appears the ATM fell out of the suspects' vehicle as they were trying to make their getaway.

Witnesses described the getaway car as an older, two-toned, dark and silver van. Although damage to the gas station was significant, police say it appears nothing else was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or online at

Map of 3600 block of Highway 97 North