Rs.5.7 mn stolen from ATM in Moneragala

22 January 2017 05:13 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A large amount of money amounting to Rs.5.7 million had been stolen by two unidentified persons that had broken into an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) belonging to a State bank in Medagama, Bibila on Friday (20) night, the Police learned this morning.

Manager of the Bank Ms. A. D. S. S. Fernando said that she had loaded the teller machine with sufficient money on the same day before the bank was closed for the weekend.

When the bank was opened for cleaning operations today (22) the owner of the adjoining shop alerted the bank management that he had visuals of two unknown men breaking into the bank through its rear door captured by his shop's CCTV camera.

The bank management realising the loss had immediately lodged a complaint with the Police. The complaint said that the thieves had managed to break into the ATM cubicle by cutting the bank’s CCTV system before entering the ATM cubicle and had fled with the recorder containing the visuals as well.

The Medagama Police initiating preliminary inquiries with the help of Police sniffer dogs recovered a knife believed to be left behind by the fleeing suspects in a nearby paddy field.

OIC Medagama Police O. A. S. R. Dayarathna is conducting investigations on the instructions of the SSP Moneragala Division Sujith Wedamulla. (Prasanna Pathmasiri)


  Comments - 4

  • NIBRAS Monday, 23 January 2017 11:35 AM

    Need to investigate bank staff first, there must be link between thief and bank staff

    bankaloth banker Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:20 PM

    why do much money on an ATN for a weekend in such a remote area managers hidden hand via DM Android App

    dilipwn Monday, 23 January 2017 01:15 PM

    oh.. 5.7 million I Know in one country's Central bank robbed for 8 billion Rs

    Sunny Monday, 23 January 2017 07:14 PM

    SL must bring in the Saudi Arabian law to put a stop to robberies. It's a menace to the citizens of this country. Hopefully His Excellency will decide and make SL a safe haven.

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