Chennai, Feb 14 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu police have constituted 9 special teams to crack the ATM heist at Tiruvannamalai district in which an amount of Rs 72.50 lakhs was burgled by robbers.
Police said that the robbers are from out of the state and that they are zeroing in on the culprits. Northern Zone Inspector General of Police, N. Kannan who is in charge of the investigation told media persons that he would not divulge on the details of the investigation but added that the culprits would be nabbed in a few days time.
The heist took place on early hours of Sunday in four ATMs in Tiruvannamalai district in a distance of 20 km range.
Sources in the police told BPNS that special teams are deployed into Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and the police is checking the CCTV visuals on the road in Vellore, Ranipet or Tiruppatur districts as these could be the route taken by the culprits for escape.
Police said that all four ATM machines were cut within a period of two hours and the welding machines used for cutting open the ATMs have taken just 15 minutes for the job. The investigating team is also probing into this angle.
Meanwhile North Zone IG ,N. Kannan have ordered the transfer of 6 police officers including Special assistant inspector and head constable and policemen from Tiruvannamalai police station to district armed battalion.
The Tamil Nadu Director General of Police, C. Sylendrababu held a meeting with 51 senior executives and officers of various banks and advised them to use high definition CCTV cameras in ATM Kiosks. The Police chief also asked the bank officers to save the feed from CCTV to cloud storage rather than in hard disks.
The police chief also directed the bank officials to use CCTV camera in a discreet manner for surveillance of the culprits and to get a closer image of the face of those entering the ATMs.
He has also directed the bank officials to connect the burglar alarms in ATMs to the local police stations so that the police is updated of any burglary or theft.