Unravelling an ATM theft case that took place in Vishakapatnam on July 14, in which Rs 90,000 had gone missing, the city police on Thursday cracked the case by arresting the culprits.
Police arrested Gaurav Singh (27), Abhishek Singh (23), Devendra Singh (26) and Ajamat Khan (24). However, another accused Sobhit is yet to be apprehended.
According to ACP (North) Lanka Arjun and Inspector of Airport Police Station N Prabhakar, the accused managed to procure a fake key of the ATM and probably also had an account with the bank, The Hindu reported.
One of the five accused would swipe the card and feed the PIN, while the other would switch off the machine following the counting sound when the cash was ready for delivery in the upper tray. Money was taken out from the machine in this way, DC reported.
The gang had robbed cash from the ATM of Kanakamahalakshmi Co-Operative Bank Ltd, located at NAD Junction in the city.
Police had registered a case following a complaint from the bank manager V Appala Narasimham. The investigation was done based on the CCTV footage of the ATM.
Following the arrest, police recovered Rs 60,000 although the rest of the amount is still untraced. The accused reportedly confessed to having committed such offences in Vijayawada in the past, using the same method.
Earlier, in the last week of July, two engineering students, Swapnil Singh (22) and Satyarath Mishra (20), were held for robbing Rs 4.92 lakh from an ATM in Vishakapatnam in the same way.
Reportedly, the accused were inspired by several Youtube and social media videos which showed how to tamper with ATM machines.
Police officials who dealt with that case had pointed out how exposure to various media is affecting the youngsters, leading to thefts and even murders.