Nfld. & Labrador

Arrests made in 4th straight robbery with heavy equipment

Thieves used a front-end loader early Saturday morning to rip away part of the wall of a St. John's bank.

BMO latest target, following robberies at TD, Sobeys and Scotiabank

A front-end loader was left outside a BMO branch on Newfoundland Drive, after the machine was used to break into the bank. (John Gushue/CBC)

Police have arrested two men in St. John's after a front-end loader tore into a bank early Saturday morning, marking the fourth time in a week that heavy equipment was used to break into a business on the northeast Avalon. 

The machine was ditched outside the BMO branch on Newfoundland Drive, in the city's east end. 

The loader was used to gain access to an automated teller machine. 

Police confirm that a front-end loader was used to break into a side wall of a BMO branch on Newfoundland Drive, to access an ATM. (John Gushue/CBC)

The robbery triggered an alarm at 4:35 a.m. that brought the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to the scene. 

Following the break-in, officers stopped a vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway and arrested two men in connection with the crime, police said.

Jamie Kennedy, 40, and Cory Quilty, 41, were both charged with break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and other firearms offences.

In addition Kennedy was also charged with possession of property obtained by crime and public mischief, while Quilty is charged with possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

Both men appeared in provincial court Saturday.

String of break-ins

It's the fourth daring crime in a string of unusual break-ins involving different kinds of heavy equipment. 

Last Sunday, a front-end loader was used to cut open a TD Bank branch on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John's.

On Monday, a backhoe was used to smash through four windows at Sobeys on Kelsey Drive, where an ATM was stolen. 

Then on Friday, an excavator was used to rob a Scotiabank branch in the Long Pond area of Conception Bay South. 

An excavator was used during a robbery Friday at a Scotiabank branch in Conception Bay South. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

Saturday's crime drew a variety of responses on social media: 

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With files from John Gushue

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