Trichy: It’s not always that you get to see the ATM apparatus of a bank lying open in the night and be assured that everything is hunky dory. No wonder then that when the ATM of a private bank at Uppiliyapuram was found lying open on Tuesday night, the police were on their toes for sometime as it was suspected to be a burglary attempt. The drama began when a theft alert from the bank went to the Uppiliyapuram police saying that burglars had attempted to break open the ATM in the evening. Responding to the alert, police officials rushed to the spot and found a part of the machine remaining open. However, investigations brought to light that it was a minor glitch caused by the ATM cash in transit operator.
Uppliyapuram police said that the bank had decided to replace the existing ATM machine with a new one. Before initiating the process, the cash had to be removed from the functioning ATM. The agencies authorized for the work took out the cash and closed the machine but it was not properly shut. It was this lapse on their part that led to the sounding of burglary alert. The alert came at a time when the Trichy rural police were groping in the dark on the heist at Punjab National Bank at Samayapuram on January 27.
The burglars had looted 470 sovereigns of gold ornaments and Rs 19 lakh in cash from three lockers and documents from two more lockers of Bikshandarkovil branch of PNB. The miscreants used gas cutters to drill two holes on the rear side wall of the unguarded bank in the night. The police had found 40 sovereigns of gold and Rs 1.74 lakh cash left by the offenders outside the bank premises on Chennai bypass road. Though six teams were formed to crack the case, there was no breakthrough yet. Police sources said that transfer of the police officers on the team in view of the elections had also caused the delay.