Jalandhar: Three unidentified persons, including a girl, decamped with a Punjab National Bank ATM containing Rs 4.46 lakh at Sarhali village on Jandiala-Phagwara road, 25 km from here, in the wee hours on Saturday.
This is second such case in the region in 10 days as unidentified people had decamped with an ATM containing Rs 3.34 lakh in Phagwara on September 15 night. Police are yet to make headway in the case.
It is also the first such incident in which a young girl is involved as the footage captured by a hidden camera that the three failed to notice shows.
According to the CCTV footage, the three with covered faces entered the kiosk at 2.22 am and disabled the camera. However, another camera that they failed to notice captured every movement of theirs.
They tried to open the cash tray and on failing to do so tried to open the machine with a screw driver but failed. Then they tied a rope around the machine to uproot it but could not. They left the place for some time. At 2.59 am, the two men entered the kiosk again and tied a heavy iron chain around the machine and tied that to a vehicle and succeeded in uprooting it.
The incident came to light around 6.30 am when Gurdeep Singh, a nearby shopkeeper, noticed that the machine was missing and sounded the bank manager, who called police.
Sadar SHO Lakhvir Singh rushed to the spot. Bank manager Rajesh Kumar Jain told HT that on Friday, Rs 3 lakh was put into the machine that already had around Rs 1.5 lakh, owing to two consecutive holidays. Jain said they locked the ATM kiosk at the time of closing the branch and the robbers had broken open its shutter.
SHO Lakhvir Singh said the CCTV footage had shown that a girl and two men were involved, and they had collected vital clues. He suspected the same gang to be behind the Phagwara theft. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified persons.