Video of Oakville theatre robbery shows thief dragging away bank machine


Published November 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm

An ATM was stolen and more than $10,000 in damage was done after an early morning break-in at the Film.Ca Theatre in Oakville. FILM.CA VIDEO IMAGE

The owner of an Oakville movie theatre is looking to the public for help after an ATM was stolen and extensive damage done to the building.

Jeff Knoll, Founder/CEO of Film.Ca Cinemas on Speers Rd. and an Oakville Town and Regional councillor, said the theatre was robbed in the early morning hours on Thursday (Nov. 3).

Knoll said an ATM machine with $680 in it was stolen and that more than $10,000 in damage was done.

“This is the second time in three years,” Knoll said on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon. His post included video footage of the robbery.

The video shows a silver GMC Sierra pickup truck pulling up to the theatre at 2:36 a.m. and then backing up the stairs to the front doors.

The footage then shows a man wearing a grey hoodie and black pants with white gloves and dark shoes get out the driver’s side door. He is also sporting a balaclava.

The bandit then reaches into the bed of his truck for a series of straps and ropes. He then uses a propane barbecue tank to smash the front door and he then crawls into the theatre through the smashed glass.

After attaching a rope to the ATM, he walks back out and proceeds to turn the truck around and go back up the stairs before attaching the rope to the front of the truck.

He then drives away with the ATM attached, before stopping to take  the rope from the front of the truck and attach it to the back again. He then stops one more time to push the ATM around the stair rail and to the top of stairs.

The thief then drives away with the ATM attached to his truck.

“Have a look at this video and if you see anything that catches your eye, please contact Crime Stoppers of Halton,” Knoll said.

Halton Regional Police told the suspect is a white male, with a thin build and about 5-foot-10.

Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at




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