March 10, 2019 1:26 am
Updated: March 10, 2019 8:37 pm

Picker truck used to steal safe from bank in Winfield: RCMP

WATCH ABOVE: A bank heist in a hamlet southwest of Edmonton has residents scratching their heads. Police say the suspects made off with a safe containing cash. As Albert Delitala explains, it's how they got the safe out that is getting attention.


RCMP said a stolen picker truck was used by two men to steal a safe containing Canadian currency from a bank in Winfield, Alta., west of Pigeon Lake.

The two suspects allegedly broke through the front wall of an Alberta Treasury Branch using the picker truck around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The vehicle was then used to pull the safe out of the wall, according to authorities. Police said the suspects caused extensive damage to the building.

The suspects allegedly made off with the safe and its contents, including cash.

Frank Block, who lives near Winfield, told Global News crime frequently takes place in the area but he is shocked by the extent of the damage.

“Well, it makes a person uneasy to see what lengths people will go to do something like this,” Block said. “[I don’t know] if they got anything of value, but it’s the destruction, what I see. It’s pure destructive.”

The two men used a black Dodge Ram and a dark-coloured GMC pickup as getaway vehicles, police said.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

With files from Albert Delitala

The ATB branch in Winfield Alta., has been boarded up since thieves allegedly broke in Saturday night.

Global News

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