Two arrested in ATM Thefts, Kootenay

The two suspects believed to be responsible for September 2010 Kootenay Boundary area Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Break and Enters have been located and arrested. Both are currently in custody and each have each been charged with three counts of Break and Enter.

Darrin Christopher HOFFMAN ( Born March 2, 1972) was arrested on December 26, 2010 by South Okanagan RCMP in Osoyoos, B.C. HOFFMAN’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 10, 2011 in Rossland Provincial Court.

Julian Alexander HOEKSTRA (Born February 27, 1974) was arrested on December 17, 2010 by RCMP in Surrey, B.C. HOEKSTRA will appear for a Bail Hearing on January 13, 2011 in Rossland Provincial Court.

The four ATM occurrences were:
– Kootenay Regional Airport – Castlegar, ‘stand alone’ ATM on Sept. 10, 2010 at 1130 p.m.
– Kootenay Savings Credit Union ATM – Hwy 3A/ Hwy 6, South Slocan on Sept 12, 2010 at 1:36 a.m.
– Kootenay Savings Credit Union night deposit box – Waneta Mall, Trail on Sept 12, 2010 at 4:30 a.m. and the Heritage Credit Union ATM , South Slocan on Sept. 14, 2010 at 1:25 a.m.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from the ATM at the Regional Airport, however, the thieves were unsuccessful in accessing any funds in the other 3 occurrences. The suspects as well as one of their vehicles were captured on Video surveillance.

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