Police crack ATM theft case

Four arrested, search on for the fifth accused

August 18, 2017 12:35 am | Updated 12:35 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

After almost one month, the city police on Thursday cracked the ATM theft case that took place July 14. The police arrested four youngsters from Uttar Pradesh who had made good with ₹90,000.

The arrested were Gaurav Singh (27), Abhishek Singh (23), Devendra Singh (26) and Ajamat Khan (24). The police launched a manhunt for the fifth accused Sobhit.

ACP (North) Lanka Arjun and Inspector of Airport Police Station N. Prabhakar said the offenders managed to get a duplicate key of the ATM and they probably have a bank account in which there is some cash.

While one would swipe the card and feed the PIN, the other would switch off the machine after hearing the counting sound and when the cash is ready for delivery in the upper trap. Then using the key they open the upper panel and make good with the cash. The five-member gang stole the cash from the ATM of Kanakamahalakshmi Co-Operative Bank Ltd, located at NAD Junction in the city.

Following a complaint lodged by bank manager V Appala Narasimham, the police have registered a case and investigated the case based on the CCTV footage at the ATM.

The police have cracked the case by arresting four members of the gang and managed to recover ₹60,000 cash.

The police claimed the gang confessed that they committed the similar offences at Kancharapalem area in the city and Bhavanipuram area in Vijayawada.

It may be remembered that similar offence was committed by two budding engineers Swapnil Singh (22) of Kushinagar district and Satyarath Mishra (20) of Faizabad in June last week.

The duo stole ₹ 4.92 lakh from an ATM in MVP Colony using the same modus operandi, by swiping the card 51 times.

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