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RCMP investigating crime spree in Bay Roberts and Holyrood area


The RCMP in Bay Roberts and Holyrood were kept busy on Wednesday night after a crime spree.


It all started around 3:00 am when a passer-by advised police of a break and enter at the Ultramar in South River. The glass front door to the business was smashed. The store was heavily damaged and an ATM was stolen from inside.


Surveillance from the business revealed that the incident happened around 1:45 a.m. Two suspects with covered faces were observed on camera in a pickup truck. Drag marks from the ATM were observed on the ground and led officers to a nearby construction pit. Suspects attempted to gain access to the ATM using a backhoe belonging to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, which was abandoned in the pit.


Later police discovered that a break and enter had occurred at the Highway Depot in Bay Roberts. A pickup truck, matching the one observed at the Ultramar and a backhoe, matching the one located at the construction pit, were stolen.


At 3:15 a.m., Holyrood RCMP received a report of a large fire in a wooded area between Brigus Junction and the Avondale Access Road.


Officers attended and located a burnt pickup truck, believed to be the stolen truck from the Highway Depot in Bay Roberts.


Finally, at 7:30 a.m., Holyrood RCMP received a report of a break and enter and property damage at the Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park in Avondale. A gate was breached and multiple buildings on the property were damaged using a vehicle.


Various items were stolen from one building, an ambulance on-site was entered and a race car on the property was heavily damaged. An excavator on site was used to access an ATM, which remained at the scene. An unknown amount of cash was stolen from inside. Police suspect the ATM is the one stolen from the Ultramar in South River.


The investigation is continuing and anyone with video surveillance or knowledge of any of these crimes is asked to contact Bay Roberts RCMP (709-786-2118), Holyrood RCMP (709-229-3892) or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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