Nfld. & Labrador

Excavator used to tear into Scotiabank in C.B.S.

For the third time in a week, thieves used heavy machinery to tear into a business — this time the Scotiabank branch in Long Pond.

It's the third heavy equipment related robbery on the northeast Avalon in the past week

A Scotiabank branch in Conception Bay South sustained serious damage after heavy equipment was used to break in. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

For the third time in the past week someone has used a piece of heavy equipment to break into a business on the northeast Avalon.

Police were on the scene at the Scotiabank branch in Long Pond on Friday morning, where a John Deere excavator leaned against a power pole.

It appears the machine was used to tear off the canopy over the drive-through ATM area, and the boom was used to smash the wall.

The suspects did not manage to get away with the ATM.

"This is absolutely nuts," said Shawn Roche, a snowplow operator who came upon the scene early this morning.

This is getting ridiculous.- Shawn Roche

On Sunday, a front-end loader was used to tear open the side of a TD Bank branch on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John's.

A day later, thieves used a backhoe to smash their way through four windows and into the plant section of the Sobeys on Kelsey Drive.

An excavator sits outside the Scotiabank branch in Long Pond. It's the third time in a week thieves have used heavy machinery to break into a business. (Ryan Cooke/CBC)

An ATM was stolen, and three men were spotted fleeing the scene of that crime.

The string of robberies, combined with the ease of stealing heavy machinery, has prompted calls for contractors to take steps to prevent that from happening.

A hole in the wall can be seen where the drive-thru ATM used to be. The suspects did not manage to get away with the ATM. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

Roche agreed, and said they have installed digital locks on their machines

"If you don't know our pin code, you can't start our machines, and I encourage all the other contractors to get your dealer out and do the same thing cause this has got to stop," he said. "This is getting ridiculous."

Friday morning's heavy equipment-assisted break-in was the third in a week. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

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