Takes step after device fails to dispense cash.
New Delhi: Irked by an ATM’s inability to dispense cash from his account, a man tried to vandalise the machine located in Najafgarh area of Outer district. The accused was arrested on Monday.
Mukesh Kumar Singh, a photographer, reached the ATM of Union Bank of India on Saturday at Najafgarh to get money from his account. However, the machine failed to dispense the cash and he decided to break open the machine.
Singh broke open the display screen case of the ATM with his bare hands, only to realise that the money was in the cash dispenser located at the bottom of the machine. After several failed attempts, he returned to his home and came back with a screwdriver and a set of pliers. He then tried to pry open the cash dispenser, but failed.
Singh was arrested on Monday after the police identified him on the basis of the CCTV footage from the ATM. “To identity the accused caught in CCTV, we distributed photos his photos in the area. We also alrerted all of the informers in the locality,” said a senior police official.
He was arrested from a local tyre puncture shop after his photograph was circulated among the locals. Following his interrogation, the police said that Singh has no previous criminal records and he just wanted to get his money from the ATM.
“Singh, who is originally a resident of Patna, wanted to withdraw his money. When the machine did not dispense the notes, he thought of breaking open the machine to get his money. But when he returned with a set of screwdriver and pliers, he decided that he would not only take his money, but also take all the money available in the ATM,” said the deputy commissioner of police (Outer), MN Tiwari.
Singh is a native of Patna and have studied upto IV class, his wife and two-year-old son lives in Patna with other family members. He works as a photographer on contratual terms with wedding planners.