Damage to Chevron.

Smash and grab fails

A stolen van crashed into Chevron Wednesday morning, the occupants of the vehicle then tried to steal the ATM.

An incident early Wednesday morning has left the Castlegar Chevron Town Pantry filled with glass. Around 4:45 a.m. a vehicle rammed into the front of the building, crashing down the glass wall and sending debris throughout the store.

The owner of the store, Anu Dhillon, was able to figure out what happened by watching the store’s surveillance videos. According to Dhillon, two men dressed in black hoodies, face masks and gloves drove a van into the building twice. They then attempted to remove the ATM machine but debris from the collapse of the wall kept them from being able to successfully remove it.

Dhillon says that nothing was taken, but the store received significant damage not just to the structure, but also to the ice machine, drink cooler and other products.

The debris also kept Dhillon from being able to shut off the ear-piercing alarm until a tow truck could be brought in to remove the ATM and ice machine.

RCMP stated in a press release, “RCMP Forensic Identification Unit attended the scene and conducted a scene exam on the business as well as a subsequently recovered van that is believed to have been used in the incident. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from a business in Castlegar during the previous hours. This investigation is ongoing with all potential avenues of investigation being considered.”

Both investigations are continuing and police are asking that if anyone saw any suspicious activities in those areas around that time frame they call the Castlegar Detachment at 250-365-7721 or contact Crimestoppers.