Toronto police have released images of two men and a van they believe were involved in the attempted robbery of an ATM in East York over the weekend.
The incident occurred Sunday around 4:45 a.m. at a TD Canada Trust branch at 801 O’Connor Drive, near St. Clair Avenue East.
According to police, a gray SUV approached the financial institution and an explosive device was allegedly placed against an outdoor ATM.
Two men then exited the vehicle and allegedly waited around the corner while the van parked nearby.
Police said the device detonated about 10 minutes later, damaging the ATM, which is a self-service model and is separate from the main building.
They said the two men ran to the ATM “only to discover that the cash drawer had not been breached.”
In surveillance video obtained by CTV News, two men are seen casually walking away from the ATM area moments before the explosion. They pull into a driveway on O’Connor Drive. A man then heads to another door and appears to enter quickly just before a cloud of dust or debris is seen in the upper left corner, where the ATM is located. Seconds later, they are both seen running towards the ATM.
No injuries were reported.
Toronto Police K9 and bomb disposal units were dispatched to the scene Sunday afternoon. The Toronto Fire Service also deployed its hazardous materials and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives units to assist police with their investigation.
On Monday, forensic services remained at the scene and police officers could be seen carrying out systematic searches on the roofs of both the bank and neighboring businesses.
Several people who live nearby told CTV News Toronto that the explosion woke them up around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
“I heard the explosion, like a bomb or something. “I woke up right away,” said an area resident named John.
“I went out to check. “I thought it was the boiler room.”
Area resident Justin Van Dette of the O’Connor Bermondsey Business Association called the incident “very, very scary for the community.”
“A loud explosion was heard blocks from this site. It’s terrifying,” she said.
Police said the two suspects fled the scene and were last seen heading west on O’Connor Drive in the same gray pickup truck.
Police describe the first suspect as a man with a heavy build. He was last seen wearing dark pants with white stripes down the sides of the leg, a light-colored hooded sweater, and dark shoes with white soles.
The second suspect is a man with a thin build and last seen wearing dark shoes, dark pants and a dark jacket with fur around the hood.
No further suspicious information has been released at this time.
The SUV is only described as a newer model and gray in color.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.222tips.com.
With files from Janice Golding of CTV News Toronto.