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Updated: August 1, 2011 14:03 IST

Security firm employee steals Rs. 40 lakh from ATMs

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File photo. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
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Accused was in charge of replenishing the bank ATMs

An employee of a security agency has allegedly stolen more than Rs.40 lakh from seven ATM outlets of a private bank located on the outskirts of the Capital. At least seven more ATM outlets are under scrutiny.

The theft came to light when the officials of Kotak Mahindra bank reached their ATM outlet at Pushpanjali in the afternoon following a complaint by a security guard about the machine being out of order. “The officials found that the machine was operational, but it had run out of cash. Further inquiry revealed that Deepak Rana, who is in charge of replenishing the ATM, had come to the outlet a day ago. He pasted the message outside the outlet saying that the machine was out of order before leaving. The closed-circuit television camera footage also substantiated the fact,” said a senior police officer. The bank officials then made a call to the Police Control Room.

The investigation so far has revealed that Deepak struck at seven outlets of the bank in North-West, West and Outer Delhi and stole more than Rs.40 lakh. “Seven more outlets in these areas are under scrutiny and the amount stolen could rise further. The money withdrawn through genuine transactions is being deducted from the cash stacked at these outlets to calculate the amount stolen,” said the officer. Besides Pushpanjai, the three more outlets targeted by the accused are located at West Enclave, Sainik Vihar and Rohini Sector 3.

Deepak, who works for Scientific Security Management Agency, along with his colleague Pradeep was in charge of replenishing the ATM outlets of the bank on the outskirts of the Capital. “Both the employees were entrusted with different passwords together required to open the vaults of the ATM to replenish them. Prima facie, it seems that Deepak got to know Pradeep's password and stole the cash. Further investigation is on,” said a senior police officer.

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