periya ATM
ATM destroyed by the robbers.  Photo: Mathrubhumi

Periya: The ATM money box, which was abandoned by the robbers who looted the ATM of Canara Bank at Periya, has been opened by the security company officials.

The lost Rs 16,97,000 was found inside the box. The box was opened on Thursday under the supervision of Aravind, the representative of Diebold company in Mumbai, in the presence of Bakel Police and bank employees.

The loot attempt in Canara Bank ATM at Periya took place on last Sunday. Though the robbers broke the ATM counter and removed the monitor and other equipments, they could not open the money box. The representative of Diebold company had tried to open the box on the day of loot itself, but in vain. Consequently, the company sought the help of experts.

The bank had deposited Rs 20 lakhs in the ATM before Puja holidays. About Rs 4 lakhs were transacted by customers. The remaining amount was found from the box, which the bank employees later transferred to the bank’s branch.

Bank Manager Jayachandran informed that the procedures to restore the ATM is on progress. ATM was insured by United India Insurance company. Company surveyor Narayanan assessed the loss and damages. Presently, the ATM transactions of the bank has been transferred to the ATM counter at Periya Central University campus.