RCMP investigate recent thefts/break-ins



Tuesday, November 2 at about 5:15 a.m., an employee of the ATB Linden Branch interrupted a robbery in progress. The employee was on a routine walk with her dogs when she heard glass breaking and observed two males, wearing balaclavas, ramming the front of the bank with a Bobcat. Witnesses also saw a white truck and trailer, as well as another truck suspiciously close to the scene. The employee reached a place of safety and phoned the robbery into police. The robbery was thwarted, but the attempt left a gaping hole, destroyed the ATM machine, and caused some internal structural damage. The two suspects fled in two different vehicles before police attended with its canine unit.
Within minutes of this incident, police responded to a call of an abandoned truck, trailer, and Bobcat on a road just south of Linden. RCMP have confirmed that all the vehicles were stolen from Calgary, Alberta. While police were on scene with the abandoned vehicles they received another complaint concerning a truck that was stolen from Acme.
Police suspect that the two unknown males stole the truck, trailer, and bobcat from Calgary and then subsequently stole a second truck from Acme. RCMP Forensic Identification Section are currently processing the recovered vehicles for any forensic evidence.
Linden businesses have recently experienced a couple of other break and enters. On Sunday, October 10 Cougar Ridge Computers in Linden had someone break into the business through a back window, subsequently letting themselves out through the front door and carting away a full inventory of computer laptops. This was the same evening as the Beefsteak Diner in Beiseker had their ATM bank machine broken into. Then early Friday morning, October 29, sometime around 6:00 a.m., a vehicle rammed through one of the yard gates at Agri-Fab Home Building Supplies in Linden. The gates were hit with such force that it unearthed cemented steel posts. The suspects stole wire and copper piping and a Makita table saw with stand, which required the strength of two people to lift. The alarm company alerted police.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating the two male suspects involved in the attempted bank robbery. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to the identity of the persons responsible and does not ask for your name and does not subscribe to call display. If you have information on this crime or any unsolved crime, please phone your local RCMP Detachment or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca