BENGALURU: Two unidentified men adopted a rare method to loot an ATM in Bengaluru Rural post Wednesday midnight: They tried to uproot the machine using a rope tied to a jeep. However, they aborted the robbery attempt and escaped after hearing the siren blaring from a police vehicle.
The attempt on the ATM took place in Vijayapura town near Devanahalli and police have launched manhunt for the two suspects.
Cops swung into action after a person living near Vijayapura government college called the police control room around 12.30am, saying two men were trying to loot an ATM. The man lived close to the kiosk and woke up on hearing a sound. According to him, the two miscreants were busy tying a thick rope to the ATM. The informer noticed a jeep parked in reverse position outside the kiosk and the same rope tied to the rear end of the vehicle. “I realised what they were up to; they wanted to pull out the ATM by tying the rope between it and the jeep. Hearing me shout, they removed the rope. I called the police control room and in less than 10 minutes, a patrolling police jeep arrived. However, by then, the accused had fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind,” the eyewitness told Vijayapura police.
“This is indeed a rare modus operandi. A couple of years ago, we heard of this method in other districts. We have recovered the jeep and also \ CCTV footage. We will nab the culprits at the earliest,” a senior police officer said adding: “There was no security deployed to guard the kiosk.” tnn