Despite three attempts in an hour, three miscreants were unable to steal cash from a UCO Bank ATM opposite the bus stand here on Sunday night.
The three failed attempts saved Rs 8 lakh.
"When the accident occurred, no security guard was present at the ATM. We have taken the CCTV footage and will catch the thieves soon," said SSP Gurmeet Singh Randhawa.
On Sunday night, three people entered the ATM kiosk at 8.25pm and tried to unsuccessfully tamper with the main body of the machine. At 9.30, they entered the kiosk again and finally made their last attempt at 10.00pm.
On Monday morning, branch manager Ankush Dureja informed the police. Mandi Gobingarh assistant sub-inspector Baldev Singh said, "We have registered a case under sections 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night), 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 511 (attempt to steal by breaking open a box) of the IPC and have started proceedings."