11/18/2014 06:59 EST | Updated 01/18/2015 05:59 EST

Thieves fail in attempt to steal ATM from Montreal credit union

MONTREAL - Would-be thieves ripped the facade of a building in east-end Montreal Monday evening in a failed bid to steal an automatic banking machine.

The ATM remains anchored inside a credit union in a strip mall in the Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood.

Police say the attempted robbery occurred at about 10:40 p.m., adding the bandits left behind a cable used to try to snatch the device.

Police also say that about 15 minutes before the attempted theft, a vehicle was set ablaze in the same neighbourhood.

The bandits apparently lit the fire to create a diversion.

No arrests have been made as police look at surveillance camera tape to assist in the investigation.