Hyderabad: A 35-year-old daily wage labourer broke open an ATM machine and stole Rs 10.36 lakh making use of the fact that his sick father was working as a guard at the booth.
Kukatpally police arrested the culprit and his uncle who helped him using clues from a CCTV camera and recovered the cash. The suspects are Gangi Mahesh and his uncle Gangi Kistaiah.
The robbed ICICI Bank ATM in Jayanagar was manned by two guards in two shifts. Narayana comes during day and Mallaiah comes in at night. As Mallaiah had been ill since some days his sons were working in his place.
On Saturday night, Mahesh and his brother came to sleep near the ATM centre. At around 2 am, Mahesh asked his brother to go and sleep and that he will keep a watch. Later, in the morning, police received a complaint that the machine was broken by someone and cash stolen.
Mahesh said that he had left for home and had slept and that when he came in the morning he found the machine was broken, and that due to fear he had not revealed it to anyone.
Police found the cash loading agency had loaded Rs 20 lakh in Rs 2,000 denomination notes on January 20. They also found that the cables of the two CCTV cameras installed in the booth were cut. But the culprit did not see a third high resolution camera installed in the booth. “By analysing that camera footage and mobile phones active at the location at the time of the offence the suspects were traced,” Kukatpally inspector K. Purushotham said.
Police found the duo had used an iron rod to break the machine and had shared the booty equally. They were arrested and Rs 9.18 lakh was recovered. The duo were remanded to judicial custody.