Jeppu residents teased luck for one year before law caught up
Whenever in need of money, two men, now behind bars, would go to ATM and take away the sum they wanted, not by swiping their card, but straightaway picking up bundles of notes from the cash-chest.
They had a free run for a year till their luck ended on Tuesday but not before siphoning of a huge Rs. 48 lakh from the ATMs in the city.
Being employees of a Bangalore-based firm that has been given the responsibility of replenishing cash in ICICI Bank ATMs, they had the key and passwords to open the cash chest. The men arrested are Gautam and Anil Raj. Their modus operandi was to pick up the ATMs that were not guarded. They would disconnect the CCTV cameras before getting into the act and escape with the money.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dharmaiah said the bank lodged a complaint stating that there was shortage in the cash that was being replenished in their 15 ATMs. Mr. Dharmaiah said the complaint was against the two accused, who have been the custodians of cash that was being replenished. The complaint was filed on Monday.
The police arrested Gautam and Anil Raj, both residents of Jeppu, on Tuesday. The police said the two accused have been working for the last one year with the Bangalore-based firm that has been replenishing money in ICICI Bank ATMs. The police said the two have been exchanging among themselves the passwords for opening the cash chests of ATMs in the city.
“They have used the money for buying mobile phone for their girlfriends. They have given some money as loan to their friends,” said a police officer involved in the investigation. Much of the money siphoned from the ATM has been used by the accused, the officer said.
The bank noticed the shortage a few days ago following a surprise visit to an ATM. So was the case in a few other ATMs. The police have recovered Rs. 1 lakh. The police sought the custody of the two accused for investigation.
Keywords: Mangalore ATM robbery