Stolen ATM machine found in Central Okanagan backcountry

An RCMP vehicle is parked in front of a white van found along Postill Lake Road on Tuesday night. It’s believed to be the same van that was used in the theft of an ATM in Lake Country earlier in the day. Submitted

According to a livestream on Facebook on Tuesday evening, an ATM machine that was allegedly stolen in Lake Country has been found, along with the van that was used.

The video was posted on the Okanagan Forest Task Force’s Facebook page by the group’s founder, Kane Blake.

“I have just talked to the RCMP and got permission to do a live video,” Blake said at the beginning of the livestream.

“That is the van that was used to steal the ATM machine this morning, from what I’ve heard.”

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Blake said he was on one of his nightly patrols with another member on Postill Lake Road in Kelowna, looking for illegal dumpsites when they came across the abandoned getaway vehicle and ATM machine.

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“Quite the eventful night when we’re just on our night patrol,” said Blake in the video.

Police believe the ATM and van found at the scene are the same from the break-and-enter from earlier in the day, in Lake Country.

A search was conducted in the area but no suspects were found, according to RCMP.

The white van has been seized for investigation.

A photo of the ATM that was found on Postill Lake Road in Kelowna on Tuesday night. Submitted

“Not the first time we’ve come across a dumped car, but it is the first time finding one with an ATM machine beside it.”

Blake said he recognized the white van from security footage that was released by police, earlier in the day.

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“When we pulled up, the van was still running,” Blake told Global News on Wednesday. “The ATM machine was lying on the ground.”

In the video, Blake said about 10 police vehicles were at the scene, along with a K9 unit.

Global News was able to confirm the ATM was taken from Woody’s Pub in Lake Country.

No arrests have been made so far.

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Security cam footage shows theft of ATM in Crossfield

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