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ATM theft causes extensive damage in Renton

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Damage is estimated in the thousands of dollars following the theft of a cash-dispensing machine in Renton earlier last week.

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Police were notified of the break-and-enter at the Esso service station at the corner of Highway 3 and Cockshutt Road at roughly 4 a.m. on March 9.

Police report suspects used a pickup truck to tear open the business’s front door. An unidentified man went inside and secured the machine, which was forcibly removed.

“We are dealing with the owners of the business,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a report from the scene. “I feel terrible for them.”

The owners are Cheryl and Glen Barker.

Glen Barker pegged the damage “in the thousands, for sure.”

There has been a rash of ATM thefts similar to this locally and across southern Ontario in recent years. After several thefts of this sort two years ago, Norfolk OPP advised other properties with cash-dispensing machines to consider eliminating them before they too became a target.

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