March 13, 2018 5:24 pm
Updated: March 13, 2018 10:20 pm

Brazen early morning ATM theft at Edmonton bingo hall caught on video

Surveillance video from a north Edmonton bingo hall shows the brazen theft of an ATM. It happened at Castledowns Bingo early Tuesday morning.


A brazen ATM theft at a north Edmonton bingo hall was caught by a surveillance camera early Tuesday morning.

The video shows a pickup truck pulling up to the north door of Castledowns Bingo, in the area of 122 Street and 137 Avenue, at 5 a.m.

The vehicle appears to drive past the front door a couple of times before backing up a few metres from the entrance a couple of minutes later.

Two people — one dressed in coveralls and the other in what appears to be a painter’s suit — are seen pulling a chain out from underneath a box spring in the cab of the truck. The person in the painter’s suit then uses a pickaxe to smash the glass out of the front door.

Watch below: A brazen ATM theft at a north Edmonton bingo hall was caught by a surveillance camera early Tuesday morning. Quinn Ohler reports.

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The suspects then enter the bingo hall and hook up the ATM to a rope. A third person in the truck then takes off, with the ATM crashing through the door behind it on the way out.

The entire ordeal takes about three minutes.

Staff at the bingo hall said they aren’t sure how much money was in the ATM at the time. The box spring was left at the scene, they said.

The bingo hall was also targeted for its ATM in November 2016, staff said, but the suspects weren’t able to get away with the machine in that case.

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Police are now investigating and said anecdotally, there have been a number of these types of incidents recently.

Police do not have any suspects in custody.

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