Two Six Nations men face more than 400 charges in Brantford after string of ATM thefts

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Brantford and Six Nations police have charged two men with 36 break and enters targeting automated banking machines in 13 cities since September 2019.

Steven Wade Vanevery, 35, and Shawn Erwin Sandy, 43, both of Ohsweken in Six Nations of the Grand River, are accused of using a stolen pick-up truck to steal ATMs from businesses all across Ontario. 

The break-ins targeting ATMs they have allegedly perpetrated since September 2019 were into grocery stores, nail salons, convenience stores and other businesses in Brantford, London, Woodstock, Pelham, Niagara Falls, Hamilton,

Cambridge, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Burlington, Oakville, Fonthill and Guelph. Police estimated that $100,000 worth of Canadian currency had been stolen from the ATMs inside of the businesses and that $180,000 worth of damages has been inflicted on the affected businesses. 

On Saturday, March 14, the Brantford Police Service and the Six Nations Police Service executed several judicial authorizations at an address on First Line Road in Six Nations of the Grand River.

The execution of the judicial authorizations led to seizures of $45,000 worth of Canadian currency, a stolen 2015 Dodge Ram pick-up truck and 27 firearms.

Vanevery and Sandy were arrested, charged and held for bail hearings. They are facing more 400 charges.

A 30-year-old Ohsweken woman also faces several firearms charges.

“The Six Nations Police and Brantford Services have had an excellent working relationship over the years,” said Inspector Darren Montour of Six Nations Police Service. “With our communities linked so closely, it is imperative that our two services work together for the safety of our citizens. The Six Nations Police Service was asked to assist the Brantford Police Service in this lengthy investigation. We commend the work their investigators did and we were very happy to assist in any way possible. We will continue to work together on future investigations to ensure our communities safe and secure for all.”

“It was realized early in the investigation that this would require a strong partnership with Six Nations Police,” added Brantford Police Service Chief Rob Davis. “The outcome speaks to the cooperation and professionalism of the officers from both agencies and our mutual commitment to work together to address crime and keep our communities safe.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Logan of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113, ext. 2306. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

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