Man accused of robbing ATMs, cash registers from small businesses makes first court appearance

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A man charged with a series of robberies of ATM machines and cash registers from small businesses had his first appearance in Lloydminster Provincial Court March 9.

Daniel Dean faces charges in both Saskatchewan and Alberta for a series of eight break and enters between December 2019 and February 2020 in those provinces.

In Saskatchewan he is charged with four counts of break and enter, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking and possessing more than four plants. In Alberta he is charged with four counts of break and enter.

According to St. Walburg RCMP, police are still looking for more suspects in the break and enters that targeted small businesses with ATMs. Vehicles were used to crash into the buildings, which caused extensive property damage. Once inside, ATMs and cash registers were taken or damaged during the robberies.

The police investigation was led by the Frenchman Butte Enhanced Policing Unit and assisted by RCMP detachments in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Specialized RCMP units, including the Forensic Identification Section, Division Criminal Analytical Section, General Investigation Section, also assisted in the investigation.

RCMP raided a home in the RM of Britannia on July 22, 2020, where they say they found evidence that linked Dean to the break and enters. They also seized a stolen firearm, 3.75 pounds of cannabis and 203 cannabis plants.

Dean appears next in Lloydminster, Sask. court on April 13 and he makes his first appearance in Lloydminster, Alta., court on March 16. The charges against Dean haven’t been proven in court.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and other suspects haven’t been identified. Anyone with information regarding this, or any other incident, is urged to call St. Walburg RCMP at 306-248-6250. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online using the P3 App - or at where you can also view other unsolved crimes. Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest or charge of person(s) responsible for this offence or any other serious crime.

The RM of Britannia is north of Lloydminster. Lloydminster borders the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist