ATM thief’s clothes, gait a dead giveaway for Karnataka police | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A custodian of a cash logistics firm, who stole Rs 32 lakh for two ATMs on August 7, has landed in police net. Interestingly, his clothes and gait helped cops zero in on him.
Police recovered Rs 24 lakh from the accused, Kiran Kumar and Ashwathappa RG, both residents of Ulsoor and from Ramapura village near Gauribidanur.
According to police, CCTV footage showed the duo approaching one of the ATM kiosks. “The visual was blurred. But employees of the cash logistics firm identified one of the two culprits as Kiran on the basis of his clothes and gait. We picked him up on August 12. Initially, he denied his role, but later confessed to the crime. We arrested his associate Ashwathappa on Wednesday,” a police officer said.
Ulsoor police said they have taken up a case of theft, criminal breach of trust and cheating on a complaint filed by Subramaniam PRG, an employee of CMS Info Systems. Kiran, 24, worked as a custodian in the firm.
Subramaniam said they received complaints about two machines – one in Bazaar Street and another at CMH Road – not dispensing cash on August 7. His company representatives visited both the ATMs the next day and found that money was missing.
Kiran had been filling cash in the two ATMs, but was recently moved out and assigned some other kiosks.
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“In all, Rs 17,71,500 (3,543 notes of Rs 500) was missing from the Bazaar Street ATM and Rs 14,57,000 (2,914 notes of Rs 500) from the CMH Road ATM. The money was stolen from the machine by opening the cash cassettes using the passwords. So, we suspected that someone who knew the passwords was behind the thefts,” an investigating officer said.



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