Thieves smash into N.W. Calgary bank
Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:52AM MST
Last Updated Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:38PM MST
Thieves used a front end loader to smash into the Royal Bank at Beacon Hill at 3:45 a.m. on February 14, 2016.
They stole the ATM and left the loader behind. There is extensive damage to the roof and walls of the bank. There is no description of suspects so far.
The owner of the loader, Serge Arsenault, uses it for snow removal and is worried the thieves might come back.
“My problem now, how is the security here, because they opened the loader, it was locked, the safety lock was removed from the machine, the guy knew what he was doing," said Arsenault.
The bank plans to clean up the mess and get back to business as quickly as possible.
"We are grateful that our clients and staff are safe and no one was hurt today," said Pamela Brown with RBC. "Repairs are underway and our clients can still access the two Automated Teller Machines located in the branch lobby. We fully expect to open our doors on Tuesday morning."
This is the latest in a series of smash and grabs in the last few days.
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, a pickup truck was used to smash into an electronics store and steal several TVs, and a tractor was used in two attempts to steal ATMs in the town of Magrath on Friday, February 12, 2016.