A gang of robbers, in the cover of darkness, wrenched out a cash-dispenser from an unguarded ATM kiosk in Outer Delhi’s Narela village. Police said the dispenser of the Union Bank ATM contained nearly Rs 7 lakh.
Police, however, are clueless about who or how many people were involved in the robbery because the miscreants smashed the streetlight outside the ATM kiosk before pulling out the dispenser and making off with it in the wee hours of Tuesday. Police said they also broke the CCTV camera inside the kiosk.
The incident was reported after a safai karamchari noticed the vandalised booth around 7 am and alerted police. Police said a case, under IPC sections 457 (trespassing) and 380 (theft), has been registered.
A senior police officer said, “A gang of robbers — the number might vary from three to five — must have picked up that particular ATM as it is located on a deserted stretch. They smashed the street light outside. We found the CCTV camera in the kiosk missing as well. The thieves are likely to have used a gas-cutter to wrench out the machine. Union Bank officials said the machine had Rs 6.94 lakh in it.”
Police said the CCTV camera inside the kiosk, which the robbers stole, stored the recorded footage in the device itself. As a result, police said, they have not been able to recover any footage.
Moreover, police said there was no guard manning the kiosk which is why it was easy for the gang to commit the theft.
A police officer said, “Banks should install cameras and the recorded footage should be fed to a device in a different location, preferably the closest branch premises.”