Chennai ATM theft: Know the unique robbery conspiracy worth Rs 45 lakh from SBI

Chennai: Recently, the details of the theft of Rs 48 lakh from the deposit machines of the largest bank State Bank of India (SBI) seem no less than the script of a Bollywood film. One person has been arrested from Haryana in connection with the theft of various cash deposit machines of SBI in Tamil Nadu.

Police have recovered Rs 4.5 lakh from him in a first of its kind robbery. According to a police release, around 14 cases of such frauds have been reported at SBI ATMs in the city from June 15-18 and a group of more than five people is suspected to be behind this ATM crime.

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According to the official release, investigation by a special team said, “Some of the accused have come from northern states and have committed these crimes.” The release said that around Rs 45 lakh have been misappropriated. Special team has arrested Amir Arsh of Ballabhgarh with the help of Haryana State Police.

During investigation the accused confessed his crime and explained the methodology and also gave other clues.

It is learned that more than five groups have worked in Chennai city. An amount of Rs 4.5 lakh was recovered from him (the arrested person). The special team is camping in Faridabad to nab the remaining accused.

What was the modus operandi?

A total of Rs 48 lakh has been stolen from Automated Cash Withdrawal and Deposit Machines, also known as Cash Deposit Machines (CDM) located at various places including Velachery here.

At the time of withdrawal at ATMs, customers have 20 seconds to collect the cash and if this is not done, the cash goes back to the machines.

If not taken, the lid of the machine would slide off.

It is believed that the miscreants planned the theft. Investigation revealed that the accused first took cash from the machines (using the withdrawal option in such machines) and managed to block the sensor signal with their hands for some time by keeping the lid open.

While it appears that the censors misread this action for “cash not being taken” by customers and sent a message to the servers that the cash has not been withdrawn. Even the respective bank accounts were not debited while cash was taken from the machines.

The State Bank of India (SBI) also halted the operations of its ATMs in Tamil Nadu after a two-member gang took advantage of a technical snag and stole at least Rs 48 lakh.

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