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Joint Investigation for ATM Thefts In Southern Ontario Results in Two People Facing Over 400 Charges

Mar 19, 2020

Incident #20-10365

Members of the Brantford Police Service in collaboration with Six Nations Police Service entered into an ongoing investigation in September 2019, which concluded March 2020.

Since September 2019, the accused Steven Wade VANEVERY and Shawn Erwin SANDY were using a stolen pick-up truck to steal ATM’s from businesses all across Ontario. In total, VANEVERY and SANDY committed 36 Break and Enters into grocery stores, nail salons, convenience stores, and other businesses, where ATM’s were targeted and stolen from the businesses. It is estimated that $100,000 worth of Canadian currency had been stolen from the ATM’s inside of the businesses. It is estimated that $180,000.00 worth of damages had been done to the affected businesses. Thirteen different cities were affected by the Thefts and Break and Enters, including Brantford, London, Woodstock, Pelham, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Cambridge, Kitchener, St. Catharines, Burlington, Oakville, Fonthill, and Guelph.

On Saturday March 14, 2020, working together the Brantford Police Service and the Six Nations Police Service executed several judicial authorizations at an address on First Line Road, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
 
In totality, the execution of the judicial authorizations yielded the following seizures:

  • $45,000.00 worth of Canadian currency (approx.)
  • the stolen 2015 Dodge Ram pick-up truck
  • 27 Firearms 

As a result of the initial investigation, Steven Wade VANEVERY and Shawn Erwin SANDY were arrested and charged. The two males were held for bail hearings and are facing a number of charges.

Accused #1 Steven Wade VANEVERY, a 35 year old male from Ohsweken is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent x36
  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.00 x28 
  • Disguise with Intent x27 
  • Mischief over $5000 x36 
  • Possession of break in Instruments x27 
  • Possession of Instruments for Breaking into Coin Operated or Currency Exchange Devices x14 
  • Possession of Property obtained by Crime under $5000 x32 
  • Theft Under $5000 x32 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Stolen Property under $5000.00  

Accused #2:  Shawn Erwin SANDY a 43 year old male from Ohsweken, is charged with:

  • Break and Enter with intent x36 
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle 
  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.00 x28 
  • Disguise with Intent x27 
  • Mischief over $5000 x36 
  • Possession of break in Instruments x27 
  • Possession of Instruments for Breaking into Coin Operated or 
  • Currency Exchange Devices x14
  • Possession of Property obtained by Crime under $5000 x32 
  • Theft Under $5000 x32

As a result of the continued investigation by the Six Nations Police Service Steven Wade VanEvery and Krystal Marie Hughes of Ohsweken have been charged with:

Steven Wade VanEvery a 35 year old male from Ohsweken, is charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearms
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Unathorized Possession of Firearms
  • Disqualified Drive

Krystal Marie Hughes a 30 year old female from Ohsweken is to be charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearms
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Unathorized Possession of Firearms


"The Six Nations Police and Brantford Services have had an excellent working relationship over the years. 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.” 
– Darren Montour, Inspector, Six Nations Police Service


"It was realized early in the investigation that this would require a strong partnership with Six Nations Police.  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.” - Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Service

Anyone with information is asked to contact D/CST. LOGAN of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 X-2306 or Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477.

"Together we can build a Stronger and Safer Community”