A police patrolling team has caught an unemployed youth tampering with a bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at Andheri (West) to steal money.
The Versova police arrested Sachin Chaudhary (24) from an unguarded Indian Overseas Bank ATM kiosk in Andheri’s MHADA area early on Sunday morning.
The police said Chaudhary had reportedly done a recce of the area and zeroed in on the ATM kiosk as there were no guards.
Armed with tools, Chaudhary allegedly entered the kiosk and immediately downed the shutter.
“He then tried to break open the machine using his tools,” said Senior Police Inspector Suresh Nalavade, of the Versova police station.
“The ATM remains open 24x7. Seeing the shutters down raised the suspicion of the patrolling team,” said a police officer refusing to be named as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
The policemen went for a closer look and found Chaudhary trying to break open the machine.
They caught him and took him to the Versova police station, where he reportedly confessed to trying to rob the ATM kiosk during questioning.
Chaudhary, who hails from Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh, had come to the city a year ago looking for a job, the police said.
“As Chaudhary needed money to survive in the city, and also to sent to his family back home in Uttar Pradesh, he hit upon the idea of making quick money by stealing from ATM machines,” said another officer, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.