Bengaluru ATM cash van found,Rs 45 lakh recovered

The identity of the absconding driver has not been ascertained yet and investigation is still underway

A cash van, stolen while it was carrying Rs 1.37 crore, was found abandoned in Bengaluru’s Vasanth Nagar area on Thursday, a day after the driver drove away with the vehicle.

Cash worth Rs 45 lakh and a gun were recovered from inside the van, which did not have a GPS tracking chip.

“The identity of the absconding driver has not been ascertained yet and investigation is still underway,” DCP West Bengaluru DCP NM Anuchethm had said on Wednesday.

Bengaluru Police formed four special teams on Wednesday to investigate the incident.

Officials hoped that the serial numbers of the new notes will help track down the missing money.

The incident happened around 2:15 pm on the busy KG road in Upparpet police station limits.

Senior journalist TS Sudhir had tweeted: “Out of the Rs 1.37 cr gone with the van driver in #Bengaluru, one lakh was in 100 rupee notes. Remaining 1.36 cr was in 2000 rupee notes.”

The driver was hired on contract. He allegedly went missing from outside the Bank of India, where he was supposed to collect more cash. The van had three people and as soon as the gunman and a supervisor got down at the ATM, the driver sped away with the van.

The Bank of India zonal manager, Eshwarappa, said the company Logitech was responsible for collecting cash from different branches.

“After reaching the ATM, the gunman got off the van. Roy allegedly told the gunman that he will take a U-turn and come back to the ATM so that it would be easy for him to put the cash. The gunman reported to the police when the driver did not return after 10 minutes,” a police source at Upparpet police station said.

On August 9, in a train heist that took place on the Salem-Chennai Express, Rs 5.75 crore of Rs 500 notes was stolen.