Pune: A ‘Fast and Furious’-style gang which made away with ATMs filled with cash in two-and-half minutes and escaped in a modified SUV were finally caught by sleuths from Kondhwa police station. The five-member gang targeted two Axis Bank ATMs with Rs 19 lakh cash from Kondhwa on October 7 and December 30 last year. The police said they are involved in seven ATM thefts.
The police said the gang used to take the ATMs to their hideout in Kirloskarwadi in Sangli district, where they dismantled the machines.
The accused were identified as mastermind Dilip Anand More (52) of Kolhapur, Siraj Mehmood Beg Jamadar (41), Mohiddin Zafar Beg Jamadar (53), Dadapir Maqdumdar Tahsildar (38) and Malikjan Qutubdin Hanikeri (52), all residents of Belgavi in Karnataka.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4) Deepak Sakore told Sakal Times, “The accused used to first recce the ATMs where there was no guard or CCTV cameras outside. They modified a Scorpio SUV with a mechanism which helped to lift and put the ATM inside the SUV in two-and-half minutes. They first cut the wire of ATM CCTV camera so that their activity is not recorded.
The police said in both thefts, they found similar tyre marks and studied CCTV footage of the routes. “Based on technical analysis of evidence, we zeroed in on the main accused More who took us to his four accomplices, who were arrested on Tuesday. A court remanded them in police custody till January 20. They are involved in more ATM thefts. Investigations are on,” said Senior Police Inspector Milind Gaikwad, in-charge of Kondhwa police station.
Gang was formed in Belgavi
More was accused in a vehicle theft case in Belagavi. When produced before a court there, he met Siraj and they planned the ATM thefts. The police said More was under severe debt of Rs 18 lakh.
Additional CP Pradip Deshpande guided the investigation team which included Inspector (Crime) Shrikant Shinde, PSI Santosh Shinde, Head Constable Rajas Shaikh, Sanjay Kadam, Police Naik Yogesh Kumbhar, Prithviraj Pandule, Sanjiv Kalambe, Constables Azim Shaikh, Jagdish Patil, Deepak Kshirsagar, Umakant Swami, Adarsh Chavan.