The Rajajinagar police in Bengaluru are on the look out for a man who attempted to break open an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) of Andhra Bank located on Dr Rajkumar Road in the early hours of Monday morning. According to the police, the accused, who could not be identified, was equipped with a tool bag including gas cutter, failed to break open the cash compartment. The alarm soon went off. Police was alerted by bank officials but the accused escaped before police reached the spot
Although no cash was stolen, the ATM has been damaged, police said. To mask his identity, police said the accused used a piece of cloth and wore a cap. After entering the ATM facility, he sprayed a chemical on one of the CCTV cameras.
â€śHis entire act has been recorded on the CCTV camera placed inside the ATM and his movements have also been caught on two other CCTV cameras. A special team has been formed to nab him,â€ť a police officer told The New Indian Express. Another police official said so far the bank officials have not approached the police and there was no security personnel present during the time of the incident.
Police said they are reviewing the CCTV footage for clues and are also probing if there was another accused who helped him leave the spot.
Till February, according to the Indian Banks Association (IBA), there have been 34 incidents of theft involving ATMs reported in Bengaluru Rural and Urban districts since 2014, involving a total amount of Rs 113 lakh.