The Edmonton Police Service is releasing images of a suspect in relation to a series of ATM scams that have occurred in northeast Edmonton.
Between late April and late May of this year, police have received up to 16 reports of a male suspect approaching people at ATMs and convincing them to withdraw money on his behalf. The suspect reportedly tells the victim that he has reached his withdrawal limit for the day, and asks the victim to deposit an empty envelope that the suspect claims contains $800. The victims reportedly deposit the envelope, withdraw the equivalent in cash, and provide it to the suspect. The locations most frequently targeted include the RBC located at 129 Manning Crossing and the RBC located at 4000 118 Avenue.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” and 150 to 170 lbs. He is believed to be in his 50s and was usually seen wearing a black jacket with patches on the shoulders and one on the back.
“We want to remind citizens to be vigilant when they are at the ATM,” says EPS Det. Ivan Dascavich. “If you are approached by anyone who asks you to deposit or withdraw money for them, decline, go to a safe location and contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information about this crime or the suspect is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.