265-pound ATM ripped from floor, stolen from bookstore in Canton; police ask for help
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:01 pm

CANTON -- Canton Police are seeking help from the public to locate thieves accused of stealing an ATM from St. Lawrence University Brewer Bookstore.

The machine was allegedly ripped from the floor and the wires and cables were cut or pulled from the machine.

Police say the theft occurred sometime after 9:41 p.m. Friday and before 2:45 p.m. Saturday when it was reported.

Employees say the machine was missing when the store opened, but it was assumed it had been removed for maintenance purposes.

Police describe the intruders as brazen because the entryway to the bookstore is well lit, and there are numerous streetlights in the immediate vicinity.

The ATM weighs more than 265 pounds and police said it would have taken at least two people to remove.

Police said the machine was removed from the bookstore and carried to the parking lot on the South side of the building.

Police and college security personnel are reviewing surveillance cameras to determine possible clues to the intruders.

The machine is the property of the North Country Savings Bank.

Bank officials reported to police that the ATM had been up-loaded with funds on Wednesday just prior to the theft.

Police are not releasing the amount of cash believed stolen in the machine, because an accounting report has not been conducted.

Canton Police are asking help from the public to report any suspicious activity they may have witnessed during Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

Any activity noted may have gone unrecognized by the public as the area may have had numerous people walking by at the conclusion of the St. Lawrence hockey game.

The public can report any information by calling the Police Department at 386-4561.