Stolen excavator used in early Sunday morning ATM robbery in St. John’s
ST. JOHN’S, NL — Thieves used a stolen excavator to rob a bank’s ATM in a brazen incident that happened overnight in St. John’s on Sunday.
The incident was discovered when firefighters from the St. John’s Regional Fire Service responded to an alarm call at the Scotiabank branch on Danny Drive in Galway at around 2.30am. They then notified the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary when they arrived on the scene and found a gaping hole in the side of the building where the drive-thru ATM was located.
The excavator used in the incident was abandoned in the nearby street with the remains of the destroyed ATM on the ground under the bucket. A large amount of cash was also left near the destroyed ATM.
After RNC officers arrived, the money was collected by police and firefighters and placed in an evidence bag. A small number of banknotes that had been blown a short distance from the ATM were found nearby.
It appears the excavator used in the robbery was stolen from a construction site across from the bank.
An officer from the RNC’s Forensic Identification Division arrived shortly afterwards to begin documenting the crime scene and the road in the area was closed to aid the investigation.
The damage to the bank was extensive.
More details will be provided as they become available.