New Brunswick

RCMP probe string of ATM thefts in N.B., N.S.

A 29-year-old man from Nova Scotia is facing charges in connection with an attempted theft at a bank machine in the Moncton area; the latest in a string of thefts from ATMs in the two provinces.

29-year-old Nova Scotia man charged in connection with attempted theft from Moncton ATM

A man from Nova Scotia is facing charges and a second suspect is sought in connection with an attempted theft at a bank machine in the Moncton area on Wednesday.

RCMP are investigating a string of thefts from ATMs in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and believe the incidents are connected, said Const. Damien Thériault.

"In the cases in Moncton here, there was a considerable amount of money that was taken from the ATMs when they were successful," he said.

"In other parts of the province, large amounts of money were taken, as well as in Nova Scotia."

Codiac RCMP were called to a Canadian Tire Gas Bar on Mountain Road in Moncton at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police say two people were inside, trying to steal money from an ATM. They fled on foot.

One person was arrested shortly after and remains in custody.

A 29-year-old man from Nova Scotia has been charged with break and enter and possessing break and enter tools.

Police are still looking for a second suspect and a recent model silver Jeep Grand Cherokee they believe was used in the crime and possibly a number of other incidents at ATMs.

Four automated teller machines in Moncton have now been hit in the past couple of months — the Elmwood Esso on July 25, the West Main Street Esso on July 27, the Irving on Champlain Street on Aug. 7 and the Canadian Tire on Mountain Road on Wednesday.

In the first cases, money was stolen from an ATM and cash and merchandise were stolen from the stores.

RCMP are investigating other similar incidents across the province, including an attempted theft last Friday at the Irving gas bar in Boiestown, as well as some in Nova Scotia.

"All I can say is is that we have one individual apprehended right now. As far as who else is involved, the investigation should help us establish that," said Thériault.

Anyone with information about the incidents or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers, he said.

Anyone who observes suspicious activity at or near locations with ATMs after business hours is urged to call 911 and not approach the suspects, Thériault said.