NEW DELHI: A costly lapse or a deliberate act? Cops are probing the role of cash van personnel who left the vehicle's door open while replenishing an ATM at central Delhi's Rajinder Nagar, which led to three men on a motorbike taking away a box loaded with Rs 26.17 lakh in banknotes on Saturday afternoon.
The van's cash custodian, Jitender Singh, told cops that he had gone into the ATM kiosk with a guard while his colleagues, Mohd Nadeem and Gaurav, were waiting outside the cash van, leaving the rear door open and the trunk unlocked. The driver, Sanjay, too had stepped out to stretch his legs when three men stopped behind the van, entered the rear compartment and carried away the cash box on their bike.
Nadeem and Gaurav claimed they were busy in a conversation and did not see the bikers. Nadeem claimed he noticed the theft within minutes and raised an alarm. Police are scanning the bank's CCTV footage to identify the thieves.
Singh called up the cops around 4.15 pm and informed them of the theft. The van's custodian said a cash box had gone missing from the vehicle while he was refilling the ATM machine of a private bank near Bada Bazar in Old Rajinder Nagar. Singh said the team had earlier refilled two other ATMs in Karol Bagh and were heading to Connaught Place.
Police sources said CCTV clips reveal that one of thieves was wearing a cap while the other two faced away from the camera. Investigations reveal that the bikers had been following the van for 2 km.
Cops are questioning the four staffers manning the van to probe whether an insider had a hand in the theft. They have also approached the cash delivery company for details of some of its former employees and the financial history of the four staff members. Cops would also question some of the family members of the four men. "We have registered a case of theft," said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP, central. Police said the van staff had grossly violated the security procedures. Legal proceedings may be initiated against the cash delivery company .