7.6 lakh stolen from ATM at Chandigarh’s Kishangarh village

Police suspect the involvement of a bank employee as the suspect was able to open the ATM with ease; incident captured on camera
Forensic experts looking for clues at the Union Bank of India ATM in Kishangarh village, Chandigarh, on Thursday.(Sant Arora/HT)
Forensic experts looking for clues at the Union Bank of India ATM in Kishangarh village, Chandigarh, on Thursday.(Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 01:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

A masked man stole Rs 7.6 lakh from a Union Bank of India (Andhra Bank) ATM in Kishangarh village on Wednesday night.

Police said as per the CCTV footage, a masked man entered the ATM around 8.30pm and headed straight for the machine’s backside. And as he sat down to open the machine, the CCTV camera footage faded away, which the police suspect may have been caused due to a power outage.

The theft was discovered on Thursday morning when the bank manager learnt that customers were unable to withdraw money from the ATM though it was loaded with cash.

Bank officials alerted the police after they found that the ATM machine had been opened from the backside and all the cash was missing.

In his complaint, branch manager Parveen Kumar Aggarwal reported a loss of Rs 7.64 lakh, but said there was no damage to the ATM.

On his complaint, a case under Section 380 (theft in dwelling house, etc) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the IT Park police station.

The theft came close on the heels of a robbery at PNB’s all-women branch in Phase-3A, Mohali, where Rs 5 lakh were stolen.

Bank staff and the security guard had left the premises at 5.30pm on Wednesday, while the theft took place at 8.30pm. (Sant Arora/HT)
Bank staff and the security guard had left the premises at 5.30pm on Wednesday, while the theft took place at 8.30pm. (Sant Arora/HT)

INSIDER JOB SUSPECTED

According to a bank official, the ATM’s cash is loaded in its strong room, which is locked with a password. Even if one is able to break open the ATM, the cash cannot be removed without inputting the password.

Police said their preliminary investigation indicated that the crime was the handiwork of someone familiar with this secret code. Branch manager Parveen Kumar Aggarwal told the police that only two bank employees knew the password, including him and another person.

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