A security guard was arrested by the SAS Nagar police on Thursday for conspiring with his friend to loot an ATM at Phase 10.
The security guard at Bank of Baroda ATM at Phase 10, SAS Nagar, has been identified as Varinder Singh, alias Vicky, a resident of Kumbra, while hunt is on to trace his aide Parmod, who works as a patient caretaker and is a resident of Kumbra.
According to the police, Varinder was employed as the ATM security guard of Bank of Baroda on March 23 and had facilitated entry of Parmod into the ATM on Tuesday night.
As per their plan, Varinder sneaked in his friend Parmod before closing the ATM booth at 10pm. Parmod was to break the ATM during night and was to be allowed safe exit by Varinder before 8am the next morning before other security guard comes to take charge of the duty. However, Parmod failed to break the ATM despite repeated attempts. As planned, Parmod was removed from the ATM booth.
Meanwhile, the ATM developed a technical snag, for which an engineer was called. The engineer then pointed out that there has been an attempt to break the ATM that had led to the snag.
The police was called and the CCTV footage nailed Varinder. The ATM was having Rs 10 lakh and as per the agreement, the booty was to be shared in two equal parts among the accused. Parmod was to pay additional Rs 10,000 to Varinder for allowing him access to the ATM.
A case under Section 457, 380, 511 and 120 B of the IPC has been registered against Varinder and Parmod at the Phase 11 police station. This is second attempt to loot an ATM in the city this week. Earlier, an alert security guard had foiled a bid to loot an ATM in Sector 70 on April 12.