BENGALURU: A gang of three have been arrested for attempting to loot money from the Ganapathinagar branch of Manappuram Finance near Peenya, North Bengaluru. Preliminary investigation revealed that the same gang unsuccessfully attempted to steal cash from an ATM in April.
During the two attempts, the suspects – Kumar, Nagaraj and Amarish aka Babu Raj Singh – had dressed in women’s nightwear to deceive the police.
Kumar, a bus driver, is from Ramanagara, Nagaraj, a rickshaw driver, is from Tumakuru and Singh, who works in a chicken shop, is from Nepal. All three lived in the Rajagopalnagar and Sunkadakatte regions.
CCTV camera off
According to the police, at around 2:30 a.m. on May 26, the Shakuntala branch manager received a call from her head office and the vigilance team informed her that the CCTV camera had been switched off at the Ganapathinagar branch. He was asked to rush to the office and check.
Arriving at the office, Shakuntala found that miscreants had broken the lock and cut the roller shutter. However, they fled the scene after an alarm went off when they tried to open the safe.
Cops recovered two sleepwear, two dupattas, two gloves, an oxygen cylinder and an LPG cylinder, an autorickshaw, a bicycle and an iron bar from the suspects.
“They had all borrowed money from friends and needed to clear their debts and so made plans to loot money from ATMs and financial companies,” an investigator said.