Update (Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 at 3:45 p.m.):
Kingston Police, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Kingston Fire and Rescue, have now removed a wide variety of items from Alterna Savings, a credit union located in the Norwest Plaza in Kingston’s west end, which was broken into in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.
Among the items removed — and requiring the assistance of the local fire department and a number of different tools — was the safe from within the ATM from inside the business.
Constable Clement Nesanayagam, acting Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, confirmed that the ATM had been “tampered with” during the break and enter. He did not say how it was tampered with, nor did he expand on the unusual high-volume attendance of OPP personnel. For their part, the OPP finally confirmed at 3 p.m. the same day that they had officers attending the scene to assist Kingston Police, but would not say which OPP detachment the officers are from, nor what required their assistance. Neither police service would comment on why officers involved in the investigation are wearing hazmat suits.
The situation remains an ongoing investigation at this time. Kingstonist will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Kingston Police are investigating a break-and-enter into a credit union on Norwest Road. Despite the continued heavy police presence, Kingston Police confirmed there is no danger to the public stemming from the incident at this time.
Kingston Police were dispatched to the Norwest Road shopping plaza in the early morning of Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 for a report of a break-in at Alterna Savings.
As of 9 a.m. on Monday morning, Kingston Police Forensic Identification officers and a detective remained on scene, along with Ontario Provincial Police officers.
While there were no overt signs of forced entry from the exterior of the building, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) inside the building appeared to have been significantly damaged.
Kingston Police could not immediately explain the unusual OPP presence, within what is normally Kingston Police jurisdiction, indicating only that OPP were assisting with the investigation.
This is a developing story, more to come.