Jamshedpur : In a bizarre incident unknown miscreants looted over Rs 7 lakh from an ATM by using gas-cutting machine near Shitla Mandir under Sakchi police station area, in the wee hours of Tuesday.
The ATM belonged to State Bank of India (SBI) where the CCTV cameras were non- functional and there was no security guard too. Though the ATM was located along the main road at a prime location in Sakchi no one could know about it.
Significantly, this was the first time that any criminals were able to take away cash from an ATM. On earlier occasion, several incidents of ATM breaking had taken place in and around the city, but the criminals were not able to take away the cash. They were caught while making attempts or the were unable to succeed.
OC, Sakchi police station Mohan Kumar Sharma confirmed about the loot at the ATM near Shitla Mandir.
” It is really first of its kind incident ever taken in the city. The criminals have taken away the cash from the ATM near Shitla Mandir by using a gas cutting machine. We are trying to detect the case and nab the culprits,” said Sharma.
He said had the CCTV cameras been functional , then they would have taken footages of the burglars involved in the crime.
“The burglars had not left clue that would have helped us for detection of the crime. But the burglars have left nothing before taking money the spot,” said the police officer.
Soon after the incident a team from SBI, Jamshedpur main branch, visited the burgled ATM. “We estimated that over Rs 7 lakh had been taken away from the ATM. We will lodge an FIR with the Sakchi police station” Ranjan said.
A senior official of SBI said that they came to know about the burglary at the Shitla Mandir ATM at about 9.15 am.
Meanwhile incidents of fraudulent withdrawal of money from bank accounts through ATMs are also on the rise in the steel city. Unidentified gang of criminals is active in the racket by following different modus operandi, including by changing the ATM card and also by knowing the victim’s ATM PIN number.
The illegal withdrawals from ATMs are hard to get back. For one, the pain of losing money and does not listen to customers on the other bank officers.
In several cases it has been found that when an elderly person goes to the ATM a youth turns up with a helping gesture and offer help in withdrawing money. After winning confidence the victim is made to hand over the ATM card to the miscreant and also the PIN number. After making the withdraw, the miscreant gives the money to the victim but change the ATM card with an invalid one.