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ATM containing Rs 10.66 lakh stolen from Colvale booth

Mapusa: In a shocking incident, unknown miscreants decamped with an automated teller machine (ATM) of a private bank from an ATM booth at Colvale leading to theft of Rs 10.66 lakh.

The broken ATM was recovered from roadside along the Revora-Thivim road, around three kilometres from the booth.

According to Mapusa police, the incident came to light on Sunday morning when bank officials were informed about the ATM missing from the booth. The bank officials rushed at the spot and informed Mapusa police about the incident.

A team of Mapusa police led by police inspector Navlesh Dessai, who is holding the charge, rushed at the spot. Bank manager Abhishek Lotlikar filed a complaint with the police against unknown persons for committing theft of Rs 10.66 lakh cash and loss of around Rs 5 lakh on account of the ATM being stolen and damaged.

Police conducted a panchanama and registered a theft case. Police used the service of a dog squad and a fingerprint expert. Police also examined the CCTV camera footage according to which between 2.15 pm and 2.45 pm, four persons could be seen entering the ATM booth wearing raincoats with their faces covered while some others were standing outside the booth. The CCTV footage also showed an auto richshaw stationed nearby which was probably used to transport the ATM from the booth.

Later, in the evening, the ATM was found dumped along the Revora-Thivim road.

Under the supervision of police inspector Dessai, police sub-inspector Dhiraj Devidas and head constable Bhagwan Shetkar are investigating into the case.

Despite several guidelines being issued to banks, ATM booths continue to lack security guards.

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