Nfld. & Labrador

Cash stolen from ATM in break-in at St. John's Farmers' Market

The crime left the group surprised and shaken, says the market's executive director, and they'll be looking to beef up security.

Crime left group shaken, says market's executive director

Pam Anstey, executive director of the St. John's Farmers' Market, stands next to a broken window. A thief or thieves entered through the window and robbed an ATM inside the market. (Zach Goudie/CBC)

The St. John's Farmers' Market plans to increase its security measures after a window was broken and cash stolen from an ATM.

Pam Anstey, the market's executive director, said when staff arrived at the market on Tuesday morning they were surprised by a crime scene.

"There's glass everywhere. The window was bashed in," Anstey told CBC.

The market has an alarm system in place, she said, but the break-in has shown them security needs to be upgraded.

"We're going to beef up our security systems and alarm systems now," Anstey said. "If nothing else this has been a really good educational opportunity as to where we can make things even more safe for the people that are here."

Organizers disturbed by crime

The most unfortunate aspect of the break-in, she said, is that someone would steal from a non-profit organization like the market, which supports many small businesses in the community.

Any cash that was stolen — police have not said how much was taken — belongs to the ATM company, but the property damage hurts the market. 

Glass from a broken window litters the ground outside the St. John's Farmer's Market. The break-in is not expected to disrupt normal operations of the market. (Zach Goudie/CBC)

"It's not just what's taken, it's kind of the aftermath of everything," said Anstey. "It's the cleanup, it's the mess, it's the repair jobs — it's things like that."

Anstey said the event left her shaken, but said the market's location has always appeared safe. "This is the first negative thing we've had happen," she said. "We love being here."

Despite the damage, the market's usual activities should continue uninterrupted, she said.

The weekly international bazaar Wednesday evening is not expected to be affected, and everything is expected to be back to normal for regular market hours on Saturday, with vendors able to use the kitchen.

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  • A previous version of this story incorrectly paraphrased executive director Pam Anstey.
    Jun 12, 2019 9:55 PM NT