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Edmonton man charged in 2 recent ATM thefts

Police charged a man after an ATM was stolen from the Rexall pharmacy in the area of 110 Street and 51 Avenue Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Global News

A 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with two ATM thefts in south Edmonton earlier this month.

On Saturday, March 11, police said an ATM was stolen from a hotel in the area of Calgary Trail and 51 Avenue. On March 21, police were called to the Rexall pharmacy in the area of 110 Street and 51 Avenue after an ATM was targeted.

Police allege the suspect is connected to at least two other ATM thefts in areas surrounding Edmonton and said additional charges are pending.

Police said the damage to the buildings and machines is pegged at more than $100,000.

Watch below: Police release surveillance video they say shows two suspects stealing an ATM from the Ramada Edmonton South near 53 Avenue and Calgary Trail on March 11, 2017.

Click to play video: 'Raw video of ATM theft from south Edmonton hotel' Raw video of ATM theft from south Edmonton hotel
Raw video of ATM theft from south Edmonton hotel – Mar 17, 2017

John Joshua Ford was arrested in the downtown area last Wednesday and charged with the following:

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  • Shop break and commit theft under $5,000
  • Shop break with intent
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Possessing break-in instruments (x 2)
  • Disguised while in the commission of an offence
  • Theft under $5,000

On March 17, Edmonton police issued a security reminder to local businesses following a rash of ATM thefts. Police urged businesses owners to place their ATMs in high-traffic areas that are well lit and covered by surveillance cameras. Police also recommend the machines be attached with bolts to the floor when possible.

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