Mumbai: Guard botches ATM break-in, then cooks up sob story

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 22:27 IST

The Malabar Hill police have arrested a 21-year-old security guard of an ATM kiosk after it was found that he had concocted a story of a botched break-in that he in fact had masterminded.

The accused has been identified as Rajkumar Chaudhary, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Colaba. He has been working as a guard with the Napean Sea Road branch of a nationalised bank.

Chaudhary told the police that while he was on night duty, three armed robbers barged into the kiosk at around 2am and assaulted him. He claimed that one robber had damaged the CCTV camera and demanded that Chaudhary give him the code to open the ATM machine. Chaudhary said he refused, claiming he didn’t have the code.

He claimed that the robbers then tied him up and locked him in a cabin inside the kiosk.

Chaudhary claimed that in a bid to avert the robbery, he pretended to have made a phone call to the police, following which the robbers fled.

In the morning, Chaudhary told the police, when his older brother Gulshan Kumar Singh came to relieve him from night duty, he found the ATM machine damaged with Chaudhary shouting for help inside the cabin.

Gulshan then called the police, following which fire brigade personnel were arrived to break open the cabin door.

“Investigators initially believed Chaudhary’s version of the story, but they discovered his involvement in the case after the bank handed over footage of a hidden CCTV camera,” said a senior police officer.

The footage did not show robbers attacking Chaudhary. Instead, Chaudhary was seen helping a person wearing a black jacket to break the ATM machine. Police later found the black jacket at Chaudhary’s residence, the officer said.

“Chaudhary and his accomplice wanted to rob the ATM, but after they failed to break into the ATM machine containing Rs23 lakh, he concocted the story to justify the damage to the machine,” said a sub-inspector at Malabar Hill police station.

Police are currently investigating the role of his brother.

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