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Kingston Police confirm theft of currency after break and enter at Alterna Savings

After an early morning break and enter at a west-end credit union on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, Kingston Police have released further details on the ongoing investigation.

Officers with Kingston Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), many donning hazmat suits, investigating following a break and enter at Alterna Savings and Credit Union, located at 823 Norwest Road in Kingston’s west end.
Photo by Peter McKenty/Kingstonist.

Just before 9 a.m. on Monday, a large police presence – including multiple Kingston Police and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) vehicles and personnel – took over the parking lot at the Clocktower Plaza (also known as the Norwest Plaza) on Norwest Road. There, police taped off a large section of the parking lot in front of Alterna Savings and could be seen investigating both inside and out front of the business.

While police were tight-lipped regarding the involvement of the OPP in the investigation (which is well inside the City of Kingston limits and therefore primarily policed by Kingston Police), Constable Clement Nesanayagam did confirm later in the day that the ATM within the business had been “tampered with.”

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, Kingston Police have shared that the break and enter occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, when two individuals entered Alterna Savings and “gained access to the contents of the ATM.”

While police did not say how the suspects gained entry to the cash machine, they did confirm that the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the OPP Traffic and Rescue Unit (TRU) and the OPP UCRT team. The abbreviation ‘UCRT’ stands for the “USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Response Team,” according to the OPP.

Further, Kingston Police stated that the suspects were able to take “a sum of currency,” though they did not indicate how much money was taken.

Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of those involved in the break and enter is asked to contact Detective Mike Fleming at 613-549-4660 ext. 6318, or via email at [email protected].

Tips can also be made anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and requesting to remain anonymous.

Constable Anthony Colangeli, acting Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, indicated that the investigation is “in the early stages” in response to multiple inquiries from Kingstonist.

“As the investigation progresses and further information can be confirmed and released, I will make it available,” Const. Colangeli said.

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