In a daring act, Rs 8.31 lakh were stolen from an ATM in Sector 12-A here in the wee hours of Sunday morning by cutting open the cash box with the help of gas cutters.
Though the police have started investigations, they are blaming both the shop owners and the bank officials for not having a guard in place. The clueless police are yet to make any arrest in the case and are relying on the CCTV footage from the ATM for clues.
Police said some unknown thieves broke open the Axis Bank ATM at booth no. 105 in the market of Sector-12-A here in the wee hours of Sunday. The break-in was reported by service provider Ashwani Kumar of Prizm company on behalf of Axis Bank and that approximately Rs 8.31 lakh had been stolen.
The crime team and other senior police officers found that gas cutter was used to cut the cash box of the ATM. The miscreants even affixed the notice "ATM not in service" on the ATM shutter to misguide the people.
In the press note released by the police, it is mentioned that both the Axis Bank and the market association had failed to depute a guard.
Rejecting the police statement as inappropriate, one of the shop owners from the market asked if this was a fair submission and if it meant thieves were welcome to strike. "What about the police patrol, as cutting the ATM would have taken thieves at least half an hour," he further questioned.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered under sections 457 and 380 of IPC at the Sector-14 police station. Police informed that three different teams were working under the supervision of ACP Hqr, ACP under training, Arshdeep who is the SHO of Sector-14 PS and Inspector Pardeep Rana to solve the case.