CanadaAlberta police link many of province's 130 ATM heists to just two gangs

Alberta RCMP commanding officer Marianne Ryan credits data-driven policing for linking a series of seemingly random ATM thefts to organized crime.“It’s providing a compass for police to go out and track it down,” said Ryan, adding, “that is a tremendous resource.”More than 130 ATMs were stolen from 60 communities across the province in the first six months of 2016. Criminals were using stolen vehicles and heavy equipment to literally rip the machines out of banks, credit unions, convenience stores and gas stations.“The number kept growing,” said Ryan. “We gave it the full court press. We put some analysis around it to direct our law enforcement officers.”After careful examination by trained criminal intelligence analysts, detectives began to notice patterns in where and how the thefts occurred.“Not until you get into the investigation and separate fact from fiction do you really know what you’ve got,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Dave …