A group of people from North Battleford who are accused of trying to steal an automated teller machine from Leoville have now been connected to a rash of other ATM thefts.

The RCMP said Monday it has laid multiple charges against three adults and one 15-year-old in connection with the summer thefts of ATMs.

Three of them, two men and a teenage boy, have already been charged in connection with an Aug. 10 raid on a store in Leoville. Now, there are many more charges.

Some of the people are alleged to have inflicted damage to several businesses while trying to remove the cash machines. 

Cigarettes and other consumable items were stolen from some of the businesses, which included convenience stores.

The total damages and loss of property and currency is estimated in the tens of thousands, the RCMP said. 

In addition to the Leoville case, police said the accused have been linked to property crimes in Radisson, Mervin and North Battleford. 

Searches conducted in North Battleford and Yorkton have led to the recovery of some of the stolen property and currency, the RCMP said.

Facing criminal code charges are four people from North Battleford:

  • A 44-year-old man, who faces 21 charges that include break, enter and theft, possession of stolen property and firearms offences. His next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 31 in North Battleford.
  • A 19-year-old man who faces 24 charges including break, enter and theft, flight from a police officer and possession of stolen property. He's scheduled to be in court in North Battleford on Sept. 16.
  • A 53-year-old woman, who has been charged with possession of stolen property and weapons offences. She has been released from custody and is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 13.
  • A 15 year old boy, who has been charged with break, enter and theft, flight from police, resisting arrest, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and other offences. He's scheduled to be in court on Sept. 16.

The RCMP said officers in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Shellbrook, Spiritwood, Big River, Blaine Lake, Meadow Lake, Turtleford and Maidstone worked on the investigations.