Three unidentified miscreants decamped with Rs 4.75 lakh after breaking open an automated teller machine (ATM) of the Andhra Bank branch at Khotra village near Phagwara on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.
As per CCTV footage, the ATM was closed and miscreants have entered into the vendor after breaking the shutter locks with heavy iron rods.
Three persons wearing monkey caps and gloves on their hands were seen entering into the vendor at 1.54 am in the CCTV camera, and after covering the ATM machine with a piece of cloth to cover the inbuilt camera installed in the machine, they started breaking the machine with iron rods.
After taking out the cash from the machine, they left the ATM vendor at 2.38 am.
The incident came to light at around 8 am on Tuesday morning, when the police control room (PCR) cops found an ATM vendor looted and they informed the deputy bank manager about the incident.
Vikas Kumar, deputy branch manager, in his statement said that after getting an information about the incident, he immediately rushed to the spot and found that shutter and an ATM machine was broken up by miscreants.
“There was around Rs 4.75 lakh in the machine which was robbed by miscreants after breaking it,” he stated.
When asked about any security guard deployed for protection of ATM, Kumar said following instructions of authorities, the ATM is kept open for public from 7am to 7pm, due to which a security guard protects the machine during duty hours only.
Getting information about the incident, police team led by Nawanshahr senior superintendent of police (SSP) Snehdeep Sharma and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Banga Sarabjit Singh rushed to the spot.
Due to confusion in the police jurisdiction, Phagwara police team led by superintendent of police (SP) Ashwani Kumar also rushed to the spot. Later, it was clear that the area comes under the jurisdiction of Nawanshahr police.
Meanwhile, the case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Behram police station in Nawanshahr.