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Truck rammed credit union

UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.

RCMP say they are searching for two suspects who used a stolen Ford F350 to ram the VantageOne Credit Union in Peachland while attempting to steal the drive-thru ATM.

Const. Jesse O'Donaghey confirmed the thieves caused several thousands of dollars damage to the exterior of the credit union, but appeared to leave empty handed.

"O'Donaghey says the thieves abandoned the stolen truck, and made their getaway in a silver Dodge Ram, which was later recovered by officers in the immediate area.

Police suspect the Dodge Ram was also stolen, and are looking for the registered owner.

“Forensic investigators were called upon to examine the scene for physical evidence," said O'Donaghey.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

UPDATE: 9:50 a.m.

At 5 a.m. Friday morning a truck rammed into Peachland's VantageOne Credit Union twice, damaging the side of the building where the night deposit drop box is kept, in what appears to be an attempted robbery. 

VantageOne's CEO Glenn Benischek says the robbery looks to have been unsuccessful.

"Nothing seems to have been taken, we are still investigating. The ATM itself has been left undamaged," Benischek said. 

"My guess is they were looking to get easy cash and it wasn't as easy as they would have thought."

Benischek says the truck used in the ramming was allegedly stolen. 

Surprisingly, Benischek says the branch will be open today, but the drive-thru ATM will be out of order.

UPDATE: 9 a.m.

Castanet has learned that it is the side portion of the VantageOne Credit Union in Peachland that has been damaged.

The caller, who asked not to be identified but indicated he works at a credit union in B.C., say this part of the building is where the night deposit safe and drive-thru automatic teller machine is located.

"This is where the night deposit safe was ripped out of the building," he said. "The chunk of metal on the right side of the picture is the faceplate from the night deposit safe."

More coming...

ORIGINAL: 7:29 a.m.

A loyal Castanet reader has sent us this photo of the Vantage One Credit Union in Peachland.

You can see extensive damage in the photo with debris which appears to have come from the front door area strewn in front of the main doors.

The bank is located at 64, 5500 Clements Cres., in Peachland.

Castanet has reached out to RCMP for further details. we will have them for you as soon as they become available.

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