Hard luck for ATM looters as police reach just in time

Balasore: A loot bid by miscreants at the State Bank of India ATM near Ranipatna Chhak in Balasore town on Monday night was foiled after a patrolling team of police reached the spot just in time.

Although the miscreants managed to damage the ATM and almost broke open the machine, they could not succeed in taking away the cash as a patrol van doing rounds, reached the area around 2 pm. On fear of being nabbed, the miscreants immediately fled the scene.

Two other SBI ATMs in Sunhata and ITI Chhak in the town were looted by miscreants in a similar fashion earlier this month.

Involvement of an inter-state gang in the loot bid cannot be ruled out, informed police officials adding that CCTV footage installed at the ATM kiosk will be collected to elicit details about the miscreants.