Truck drives through gas station wall, thieves steal ATM

Another ATM machine has been stolen west of Edmonton, the second such theft in recent weeks.
(RCMP)

Another ATM machine has been stolen west of Edmonton, the second such theft in recent weeks.

The latest crime happened about 6:50 a.m. Saturday when thieves smashed a stolen pickup truck through the wall of a Fas Gas station on Highway 43 near Onoway.

The stolen 2001 red Dodge Ram pickup was later recovered by police in a rural area near Stony Plain.

The ATM has not been recovered.

A similar crime happened less than 20 kilometres away on Nov. 26.

Witnesses in that case saw three men in hunting jackets attach a rope to an ATM in the lobby of the Alberta Beach Hotel. The suspects drove off in a black truck, towing the ATM behind.

"There has been a little spike in these recently," said RCMP Cpl. Kim Mueller. "Whether they're drug related or just people who are desperate, we don't know."

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