A 30-year-old driver of the van, which was going to deposit cash in several HDFC Bank ATMs (automated teller machines) in the city, fled with Rs78 lakh on Tuesday.
The police said the accused Arun Waghmare, a resident of Dahisar (East), had been working as a driver in the money transfer company for two years. The incident took place between 2.30pm and 3pm on Tuesday when two security guards, Hashmat Ali and Shakeel Ahmed and two employees of Writer Safeguard private company went with Waghmare to deposit cash in HDFC Bank ATMs.
“When they reached the ATM on SV Road in Kandivli, all got off the vehicle to deposit cash while one security guard stood near the vehicle. A few minutes later when the guard went to drink water, Waghmare fled with the vehicle and cash,” said H Pimple, senior police inspector of Kandivli police station.
“They were supposed to deposit cash in a Borivli ATM. The security guard and employee of the money transfer company immediately informed the police control room,” said police officer.
“The police team of all the nearby police stations were alerted and a team of the Kandivli police rushed to the spot,” said Mahesh Patil, deputy commissioner of police.
“The vehicle’s registration number was flashed on the wireless. After an hour it was found near Nirmala College at the MG Road in Kandivli, which is hardly 2 km away from the spot,” said Patil.
“The case of robbery has been registered against Waghmare and we are trying to trace him. We have called Waghmare’s parents to the police station and inquiring where we can trace him,” said Patil.
“We are recording the statement of the security guards and employees,” he added.