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ATM cash handling Co heist: 6 arrested, part of booty seized

Police investigate robbery at a firm

Thane : In a breakthrough in the case of robbery of nearly Rs 9.16 crore from the office of an ATM cash handling company here, police today said they have arrested six persons and recovered Rs 3.12 crore from them.

The six persons were arrested yesterday and the hunt is on for around 15 others who were also involved in the robbery that took place in the wee hours of June 28, Maharashtra Director General of Police Pravin Dixit told mediapersons at the police headquarters here.

Dixit said the six arrests were made from Thane and Nashik in joint effort by a police team, including personnel of the Crime Branch, who cracked the case.

Three four-wheelers, a pistol and a knife used by the accused in the robbery were also seized, and the hunt was on for another weapon and other things like CCTV and DVR taken away by the accused, police said.

A gang of seven robbers, wielding knives and chopper, had on Tuesday robbed the office of the ATM cash handling company here and decamped with nearly Rs 9.16 crore.

The incident took place when the robbers, who had their faces covered with monkey caps and handkerchiefs, barged into the office in Teen Hath Naka area here when 4 to 5 staffers were engaged in counting the money.

The robbers kept the three security guards and staffers at gun-point while some of them stacked off the cash.

They also disconnected the CCTV camera and looted it along with some mobile handsets.

As per police, the company handled cash for bank ATMs, malls and jewellers. At the time of the incident, the cash collected was kept in the office.

The DGP said that without any clue of the crime as the CCTVs were also stolen by the robbers, police worked on technical inputs and human intelligence and cracked the case within 48 hours. He expressed confidence that the others accused would also be nabbed soon.

To a question, he said the company had not informed about its functioning in the city and also not intimated the police immediately after the robbery.

“Our priority now is to recover the balance cash and also arrest the others accused,” he said, adding that later on they will decide on further steps with regard to the company and also work out a system for such cash management firms.

To a query, the DGP said after the robbery, the gang members assembled at Wadivare near Nashik and distributed the booty among themselves, with each one taking Rs 10 to 20 lakhs depending on his place in the gang, he said.

Those arrested have been identified as – Nitesh Bhagwan Awhad alias Golu (22), Amol Arun Karle (26), Akash Chandrakant Chavan alias Chingya, Mayur Rajendra Kadam alias Ajinkya (21), all residents of Thane, and Umesh Suresh Wagh (28) and Harishchandra Uttam Mathe (30) from Nashik.

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