Former money van driver, cabbie arrested for ATM loot


KOLKATA:  A former cab driver along with his taxi driver friend arrested for looting money from eight ATM’s on Tuesday. They attacked in the ATM’s of Behala, Thakurpukur, Parnasree, Jadavpur and Regent Park and looted around 80,000 rupees.

The name of the accused has been identified as cash van driver Pappu Haldar (45) and cabbie Shiv Shankar Rajbhar (31). They were detained by joint team from the southwest division of the Kolkata Police.

 DC Meeraj Khalid said while Rs 7,800 was plundered from an ATM at Behala, Rs 34,000 was taken from a Thakurpukur ATM."Though the denounced have admitted to four burglaries, we trust they were included in twofold the number," said an officer.

After the initial two break-ins on the interceding night of Saturday and Sunday , the police set up groups to follow the denounced. "Around 3am on Tuesday ,a watch group recognized a man inside an ATM on Roy Bahadur Road at Behala that had its screen half-down. We got the man, later recognized as Rajbhar. We found a few hardware used to tear open machines, for example, a couple of pincers, a torque and a screwdriver. He drove us to Haldar," said Khalid.The charged have been sent to police guardianship till December 7.

Not at all like sorted out posses, they didn't tear open a teller machine's vault that put away cash, in light of the fact that for that, they would have required specialized sharpness. Rather, they utilized the learning that the dismissal receptacle was topping off for each stacking of the machine. In this way, the two initially incapacitated the CCTV cameras and after that tore open the dismissal container. "At the point when the whole city was scrambling for trade out ATMs, these two were sitting tight for them to run dry with the goal that they could begin their operation. inside five to seven minutes, they would be out with the cash ," said an officer. The police are scrutinizing the two to see whether others were included.

The police have requested that banks depute monitors at ATMs and to close them on the off chance that they come up short on money. Senior bank officers told TOI they knew about the business as usual. "It is bizarre that they could break the recuperation canister so effectively however we will find a way to forestall such episode," said a PSU bank official.