Adilabad: Even as investigating officials claimed to have found ‘strong’ evidence, the sensational case of theft of an ATM of State Bank of India (SBI) with cash of Rs 7.46 lakh remains unsolved, even after a fortnight. The theft of the ATM took place at a spot situated at a stone’s throw away distance from a police station in the district headquarters.
Unidentified persons uprooted the ATM from a kiosk at Collectorate chowrasta and used a four-wheeler to tug it away using a rope in the early hours of February 5. They then took the cash tray and dumped the rest of the machine on the outskirts of Battisavargaon village in Adilabad Rural mandal. They earlier made a vain bid to rob a jewelry shop in the heart of the town.
The way in which the intruders committed the second offence surprised the police and general public alike. Incidentally, it was the first instance to be reported in the erstwhile Adilabad district. Four masked persons indulged in the theft as seen in the footage of a CCTV camera installed in the ATM kiosk. The registration number of the vehicle used by the offenders was unclear, making the investigations tough.
Eight special teams were formed for cracking the ATM case and the officials claimed that they had managed to get strong evidence and were confident that they would be able to crack the case in a week or so. But, they seem to have failed to get a breakthrough.
“Since an inter-state gang was involved in the offence, investigating into the heist is apparently taking more time than usual. However, we are confident that we can crack the case soon. The teams led by an Inspector rank officer are leaving no stone unturned to detect the offenders and to nab them at the earliest,” a senior police official told ‘Telangana Today.’
It is learnt that the similar gang committed the lifting of three ATMs in the neighboring Maharashtra in the past two weeks alone. It lifted a machine in Nalgonda district recently. The special teams are touring the neighboring state and are seeking the support of their counterparts of Maharashtra in detecting the offenders.
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