Kendrapara: Unidentified persons today broke open an SBI ATM and decamped with cash, police said.

The incident took place at Chhatta chowk on the NH-5(A).

The thieves broke open the ATM around 2.45 AM by using a gas cutter, Derabish police station Inspector Umakant Nayak said.

"The exact amount of money stolen from the ATM is yet to be ascertained. A team is leading the probe in the matter," he said.

"It is the handiwork of professional criminals," the officer said, adding the CCTV camera installed at the ATM kiosk is intact and police will go through its footage.