Five arrested in ATM robbery case

Bangalore: Cracking the case relating to robbery of nearly Rs 2 crore cash while being taken for ATM loading here last month, police today announced arrest of five former convicts, who hatched the plot in a Mumbai prison.

Four hailing from Maharashtra and one from Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka were arrested two days ago in connection with the robbery and Rs 32.15 lakh, gold ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh, a gun which was stolen from the security guard and vehicle used for committing the crime were also seized from them, Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji told reporters here today.

The five were remanded to 14-day police custody, he said. About seven to eight persons belonging to the same gang were absconding and would be nabbed soon as "we have definite clues about them", Mirji said, expressing confidence about recovering the remaining cash amount also.

On May 14, personnel belonging to a security agency were transporting money belonging to Corporation bank to the ATMs in their vehicle, when they were waylaid and attacked by a gang of 14-15 unidentified persons. Later, injuring the security guard sitting in the vehcile, the gang sped away with the vehicle with Rs 1.91 crore cash.

Mirji said all the five accused hatched the conspiracy to commit the robbery in Arthur Road prison (Mumbai) where they served a jail term for three years from 2005.

"The accused also held meetings after being released from jail and were watching the movement of the ATM van for about three to four months before they decided to strike".
They were involved in various such crimes in Maharashtra and Mulki (Dakshina Kannada), Mirji said.