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Van driver steals Rs 40 lakh

On Friday morning, a cash transport van rolled into ABN Amro’s automated teller machine (ATM) at Oshiwara in Andheri (West), with Rs 83 lakh in cash, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Nov 21, 2009 01:00 IST
HT Correspondent

On Friday morning, a cash transport van rolled into ABN Amro’s automated teller machine (ATM) at Oshiwara in Andheri (West), with Rs 83 lakh in cash.

Its occupants — two cashiers and an armed security guard — went into the ATM with around Rs 9 lakh to be deposited.

When they returned, the van — and the rest of the money —was gone.

The van was later found abandoned some distance away, with the driver and Rs 40 lakh missing.

The police said that around 8.30 am, the van — belonging to security agency Brink’s Arya, which transports cash for banks across the city — with around Rs 83 lakh in cash, came to ABN Amro’s ATM in Infiniti mall, Oshiwara.

Ten minutes after its two cashiers and armed guard had gone into the ATM, the driver Praveen Belokar (28) fled with the van. “When the cashiers and guard came out of the ATM, they found the van missing, with the Rs 83 lakh,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dilip Suryavanshi.

The three kept calling Belokar but found his cellphone switched off. They reportedly searched for him for over an hour, without informing the police team that was on duty meters away, stationed to guard against possible disruptions of the screening of the film, Kurbaan.

Brink’s Arya officials filed a complaint with the Amboli police station about an hour later. The van was found abandoned near Mega Mall, opposite the Oshiwara bus depot. “We were surprised that the accused had taken only Rs 40 lakh with him, leaving the rest of it behind,” said senior police inspector A. Gamande of Amboli police station.

During questioning, Belokar’s wife and mother said he had left their house in Jogeshwari in the morning and had not returned. A police team has been dispatched to his house in Buldhana district, police sources said.

The police have held Brink’s Arya responsible for the incident. “Why did the security guard leave the van? It is his job to guard it,” added Suryavanshi.