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SBI ATM looted of Rs 10.5 lakh at Ambalathinkara

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Published May 27, 2017, 6:55 am IST
Updated May 27, 2017, 6:55 am IST
Robbery came to light  when the SBI officials came to refill the kiosk on Friday.
 Robbery came to light when the SBI officials came to refill the kiosk on Friday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Unidentified thieves looted Rs 10.5 lakh from the State Bank of India’s ATM kiosk at Ambalathinkara near Kazhakoottam in the wee hours of Friday. The robbery  came to light  when the SBI representatives  came  to refill the kiosk  around 5.30 p.m. on Friday. They found that the vault of the ATM had been  cracked open with a gas cutter. They  alerted the Kazhakoottam police who reached the spot. There were no security personnel at the ATM and it was last refilled on Thursday night.

While some of the CCTV cameras were reportedly out of order, police officials said that they had  got the visuals of the loot. As per Kazhakoottam cyber city assistant police commissioner, the last transaction happened  around 1.15 a.m. and the theft  occurred  around the same time. The gang made a hole on the rear of the kiosk and damaged one of the CCTVs inside. They suspectedly used  gas cutters and crowbars to crack open the vault. Though a police beat patrol had passed by the area  around 2.15 a.m, they had found  the shutter  down.

The thieves had  presumably downed the shutter during this time. The ATM is located at a dark  place making the theft easier. Finger print bureau and dog squad  gathered evidence from the spot. Experts believe this to be the handiwork of interstate thieves. A similar loot was reported last month from an ATM at Chengannur from where around Rs 4 lakh was stolen. Thefts using gas cutters have been reported in places like Delhi, Punjab, Bengaluru and Allahabad.  In the capital city here,  an ATM was skimmed by a few Romanian citizens last year.

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Location: India, Kerala




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