A man was arrested Friday morning after police found a stolen backhoe carrying an ATM in north Edmonton.

Edmonton police said officers were called to a badly damaged CASHCO on 55 Street and 137 Avenue at around 6:20 a.m. where they found the ATM was missing.

“There was tracks indicating that a piece of heavy equipment may have been used,” Edmonton Police Service Staff Sgt. James Vanderland said.

Vanderland said an officer saw the backhoe driving away from the scene.

A low-speed pursuit spanning roughly 10 blocks commenced after the backhoe didn’t stop. The driver eventually stopped and police found the ATM chained to the front bucket.

Police said there is tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the store.

Christopher Hoffele, 29, has since been charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.

An employee said it’s the third time an ATM has been stolen from the north Edmonton CASHCO.

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