An unguarded ATM kiosk was looted and Rs 15 lakh was stolen by unidentified thieves on Monday night. The SBI ATM machine located in Chunabhatti,Chandimandir,was reportedly broken and money stolen by thieves,who also took away the hard disk of the CCTV camera.
Nearly two-months ago,another ATM was looted in the area. Police had questioned the officials of the private company,which had installed the ATM machine and was managing it. A Mumbai-based company was given the contract by the SBI to install the ATMs in the city,a police official said. They added that initial investigation revealed that the ATM machine was not installed properly and no security personnel was deployed to guard the kiosk.
It seems that the machine was not installed the way it should have been, as it was fixed just with the help of nuts and bolts, a police official said.
On Tuesday morning,the police was informed about the theft at the ATM,following which police officials,including Panchkula-Ambala range Commissioner Rajbir Deswal and Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi inspected the spot.
Commissioner Rajbir Deswal said that a case had been registered and investigation was being conducted. Some fingerprint samples have been collected from the spot, he added.
A local sweats shop owner,Anish Khan,said that on Tuesday morning when he came to his shop,which is adjacent to the SBI ATM,he found the kiosk was broken and cash was looted. In the past,attempts have been made by miscreants to loot the ATM. On several occasions,locks were found to be broken, Khan added.
According to police officials,the entire theft was very meticulously planned. The thieves had not only blocked the CCTV grab by covering the camera with cellotape,they also took away the CCTV footage. Officials added that inquiries from the SBI and the private company officials that have been managing the ATM revealed that nearly Rs 10 lakh was filled in the ATM on Monday,and it already had Rs 5 lakh.
An official of the private firm said that they had received the contract from the Ministry of Finance to manage the ATMs of SBI,but there were some ATMs where there were no provisions for deploy security guards.