“The good news is that they didn’t get away with it. The bad news is they’re still out there,” stated Mike Dickinson, Director of Corporate Communications for Servus Credit Union, following the attempted theft of the ATM at the Mundare location on Tuesday, May 17.
According to a statement released by the RCMP on Friday, May 19, “The witness stated that a truck was backed up against the front door of the bank and that the front windows of the bank were smashed. RCMP immediately attended the scene and discovered that the suspects attempted to steal the ATM machine from inside of the bank using a stolen truck and a tow strap. During the attempted theft, the suspects caused significant damage to the front door of the bank.”
Police went on to state: “The suspects are believed to have fled in a second vehicle from the Smoky Lake area, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.”
No money was taken and the damage to the ATM machine was minimal. Dickinson confirmed that no money was stolen from the ATM, and wanted to reassure Servus Credit Union members that their money is safe. If, in the event money was successfully taken out of the ATM, the bank would cover members’ losses.
Dickinson said the attempted robbery of the ATM was very similar to the attempted robbery at the Lamont Servus Credit Union several months earlier. Damages to the Lamont Servus Credit Union cost between $25,000 and $30,000.
That cost does not include damage to the ATM which is still out of commission, and under assessment. Dickinson said the cost to replace an ATM with a new one is in the neighbourhood of $200,000.
Vegreville RCMP are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the suspects involved in the attempted theft of the ATM at the Mundare Servus Credit Union.