WARMINGTON: Peel cops make arrest in troubling ATM theft

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Maybe they didn’t realize that there’s always a charge for an ATM withdrawal.

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This time, however, it was 27 charges for alleged robbers who, according to Peel Regional Police, had been outsmarting the system for quite a while.

Detectives in Peel’s 21 Division have cracked an alleged ATM theft ring and deposited two suspects before the courts, each charged with 27 counts of breaking and entering and wearing a disguise with intent to commit a criminal offence.

One was nabbed Friday. The other is named in an arrest warrant.

Keith Brooks, 36, of Brampton was caught Friday when officers executed two search warrants, seizing power tools, cash, and clothing. Still at large is Shawn Moore, also 36, of Brampton.

None of the allegations against the two accused men have been proven in court.

The latest robbery happened Nov. 10 at a gas station plaza at Glen Erin Dr. and The Collegeway in Mississauga, where two men used a truck to pull an ATM machine — attached to the vehicle by a cable — out of the store. They knocked out a wall and a gas pump, which could have exploded, along the way.

“These (are) brazen and bold acts,” said Const. Akhil Mooken. “The investigators worked hard on this case and now have two suspects identified.”

One down and one to go.

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Officers with the Break and Enter Unit at 21 Division have been trying to make this case for several months as this style of robbery was going on throughout the GTA.

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Anyone watching surveillance video of these crimes witnesses the aggressive actions taken to get these machines out of the stores: Sparks fly, as ATMs are dragged along the street to an undisclosed location where efforts are made to break into the machines in search of cash.

The stupid part is there’s often as little as $500 cash in these machines.

In the case of the theft on Glen Erin Dr., thieves left more than $100,000 worth damage to the store and to the gas pump in their wake.

According to Peel police, the case is now closed. And so is this method of illegal withdrawals.

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