The Surendranagar police on Friday caught two alleged members of an inter-state gang that is said to be behind the theft of about half-a-dozen automated teller machines (ATMs) in various parts of the state. The gang used to lift away the whole ATM.
The gang is also said to be behind the theft of an ATM belonging to State Bank of India at Sanand in Ahmedabad district on June 10 in which they made away with over Rs 4.87 lakh of cash.
According to Surendrangar Superintendent of Police Raghvendra Vatsa,the gang is involved in as many as six such instances in the state.
Based on specific information,we caught two members of the gang this morning while they were moving in a car near Mavan highway in Patadi taluka. They have been identified as Iqbal and Amjad. We have handed them over to the local crime branch (LCB) of Ahmedabad district for further investigation, Vatsa said.
Surendrangar LCB police inspector R T Jadeja said the gang would identify ATMs not manned by guards. They would cut the connecting wires of the machine and lift it away. These machines weigh about 400 kgs.
We have seized two cars from them which they used to ferry the machines. They have confessed that after stealing the machines,they use to cut them open and take cash. Thereafter,they would throw them in the Narmada canal. We are trying to find those machines as evidence, Jadeja said.
Police said that gang has at least six members,all residents of Patadi and Dhrangdhra in Surendranagar. The gang reportedly struck twice in Vadodara and Bharuch,Sanand and Ahmedabad in the last one year. Police also claimed the gang could be involved in some ATM thefts in Rajasthan as well.