Calgary police warn the public after thieves steal $70,000 worth of key-making equipment from locksmith

Police are warning business owners and motor vehicle dealerships after a Calgary locksmith company was broken into and culprits made off with thousands of dollars worth of key-making equipment.

Police say between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, four men broke into the business and grabbed approximately $70,000 worth of tools and equipment used for lock manufacturing and safe maintenance.

“The equipment can be used to cut and activate vehicle keys, including electronic chip keys and vending machine keys,” police said in the release, adding the intruders also stole a device that can unlock combination safes.

“Dealerships and businesses with combination safes are asked to keep a close eye on their properties and report anything that may appear suspicious.”

Police describe the first suspect as a Caucasian man, who was wearing a Nike sun visor, dark clothing, dark gloves, and a black bandana.

The second man is Caucasian, wearing a dark hoodie, jeans, a baseball cap and dark gloves.

The third suspect was wearing a grey hoodie and a mask bearing a skull.

Police do not have a description for the fourth man.

The quartet fled the scene in a stolen white 2010 Nissan Xterra SUV without a licence plate.

Investigators have released CCTV images of the persons of interest and the suspect vehicle, and urge anyone who recognizes them to contact police.