Police say they have identified two organized crime rings in Alberta responsible for a growing number of ATM thefts across the province.

Several suspects have been arrested, according to a news release Monday.

In the first six months of this year, thieves targeted more than 130 ATMs, according to a release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, or ALERT.

Criminals hit banks, credit unions, gas stations, and convenience stores in more than 60 communities, police said

The businesses often sustained severe damage to their buildings, as well as monetary loss.

ALERT and RCMP have scheduled a news conference to provide more details Tuesday morning in Edmonton.