Thieves break in to restaurant, steal cash from ATM

Abbotsford Police is investigating the incident that occurred on Essendene Avenue.

Abbotsford Police are trying to track down thieves who removed the glass panel from the front of a restaurant yesterday morning and stole cash from an automated teller machine.

Const. Paul Walker said police received a report at about 7:15 a.m. on Monday that an alarm was going off at a restaurant in the 33800 block of Essendene Avenue.

When they arrived, they noticed that the restaurant’s front glass panel had been removed in one piece from its frame and was sitting to the side.

An ATM inside the business was damaged, and the culprits had made off with some cash. They also stole some computer equipment, Walker said.

Walker said witnesses reported seeing a white panel van parked outside the business and sparks coming from within the restaurant near the ATM.

“Unfortunately, witnesses did not report these observations until after police were already on scene,” he said.

The Abbotsford Police patrol division is investigating the incident with the assistance of the forensic identification section.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.