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Calgary businesses on alert after thieves steal tools from locksmith

Investigators say four thieves broke into a Calgary locksmith company between 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th and 5 a.m. on Sunday, December 14th, 2014.
Investigators say four thieves broke into a Calgary locksmith company between 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th and 5 a.m. on Sunday, December 14th, 2014. CAlgary Police Service handout

CALGARY – Police are warning business owners and car dealerships to be careful, following the theft of key-making equipment from a local locksmith.

Investigators say four thieves broke into a Calgary locksmith company between 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th and 5 a.m. on Sunday, December 14th, 2014.

The suspects stole about $70,000 worth of tools and equipment used for lock manufacturing and safe maintenance.

Police say the stolen equipment can be used to cut and activate vehicle keys, including electronic chip keys and vending machine keys.

The suspects also stole a device that has the capability to unlock combination safes.

As such, dealerships and businesses with combination safes are asked to keep a close eye on their properties and report anything that may appear suspicious.

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Officers say the first suspect was a man wearing a Nike sun visor, dark clothing, dark gloves and a black bandana.

The second suspect is a man described as wearing a dark hoodie, jeans, a baseball cap and dark gloves.

The third man was wearing a grey hoodie and a mask that had a picture of a skull on it.

No description is available for the fourth man.

The suspects left the scene in a stolen white 2010 Nissan Xterra that did not have a license plate on it at the time.

Police say thieves who robbed a Calgary locksmith company fled in a stolen white 2010 Nissan Xterra.
Police say thieves who robbed a Calgary locksmith company fled in a stolen white 2010 Nissan Xterra. Calgary Police Service

Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.