Police believe the culprits who began their crime spree of breaking into businesses and ATMs on July 15, 2011 have since committed break-ins in Halton, Niagara, Hamilton, Waterloo, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham, Ottawa and Quebec.

Police believe the culprits who began their crime spree of breaking into businesses and ATMs on July 15, 2011 have since committed break-ins in Halton, Niagara, Hamilton, Waterloo, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham, Ottawa and Quebec.

They've hit the International Centre, the Hershey Centre and the Dixie 401 Flea Market, among other locations.

And both Peel and Halton police are concerned that an organized crime ring responsible for more than 50 break-ins at businesses and ATMs, including nine in Mississauga, will soon strike again.

"They remain very active and commit multiple entries on a monthly basis," said Halton Det. Bob Lester.

He added the group has grabbed more than $700,000 in the crimes, which see the culprits break into an establishment and then use a portable torch to get into the ATM and take cash. Police have dubbed the incidents the "ATM Torch Attacks."

Police believe the group began its spree on July 15, 2011 and has since committed break-ins in Halton, Niagara, Hamilton, Waterloo, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham, Ottawa and Quebec.

Nine incidents have occurred in Mississauga and date back to Feb. 4. The locations include ATMs at the Hershey Centre, the International Centre and the Dixie 401 Flea Market in addition to machines at 1650 Dundas St. E., 3092 Mavis Rd., 966 Dundas St. E. and 910 Southdown Rd.

Today, police announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The culprits are "professional and organized" and often complete their crimes in less than 60 seconds, Lester said. The entries to the premises are made by use of both an oxy-acetylene torch and pry bar and once committed the bandits flee to a waiting vehicle.

Newer model vehicles are regularly used, including SUVs.

"The group is extremely mobile," Lester said. "They have committed multiple entries, on the same day, in neighbouring jurisdictions."

The ring frequently targets ATMs at bingo halls, flea markets, arenas, retail stores and grocery stores, police say.

One of the suspects is described as white, 6-foot, with a stocky build, weighing 225 pounds. Another is white, 5-foot-10, with a slim build, weighing 180 pounds.

The men's images have been caught on camera repeatedly and police have released surveillance images and video in hopes it will trigger arrests. The video can be viewed here .

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-825-4777, ext. 2335.

lrosella@mississauga.net