A technical graduate, Abhishek Mohapatra, was arrested by the Baidyanathpur police on the charge of chain snatching along with his accomplice Sanaj Kumar Mishra on Wednesday night. Another 20-year-old youth, Manoj Kumar Sahu, who was involved in theft of money from the accounts of ATM customers was also nabbed by the police. In both cases, lure of easy money had compelled the youths to indulge in such activities.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sarat Mohapatra said Abhishek was a resident of Palur Bunglow area of the city and completed his technical graduation in Paralakhemundi. But his habits that included illegal betting related to cricket, exorbitant expenses on girl friends, and liquor consumption had made him fall into a debt trap. It was alleged that he had a burden of around Rs. 10 lakh on his head and the persons to whom he had to repay this were alleged nefarious elements. So, he had decided to make women of the city his victims.
Abhishek had used Sanaj to dispose of the stolen chains. Through Sanaj, he had taken Rs. 2 lakh from a private finance company by putting the stolen ornaments on mortgage. Police seized 13 gold chains snatched by him. It may be noted that a special squad had been formed to track the culprits as snatching cases suddenly rose in the city.
With the arrest of Manoj, the police had a sigh of relief as in recent past there were several cases of money getting withdrawn from accounts of customers without their knowledge from ATM counters.
Manoj has confessed that he had managed to use a simple technique to cheat the customers using ATM machines and take money from their accounts. According to him, he cheated account holders to the tune of Rs. 2 lakh.
Manoj has revealed that he was putting a small piece of transparent adhesive tape on a switch of the ATM counter so that the customer using the machine would not be able to carry out operations after entering the passwords. When the irritated customer went out of the ATM counter without able to withdraw his money, Manoj who waits outside used to enter immediately to remove the adhesive tape and withdraw money from the account of the person who used the ATM before him.