A burglar is Chennai looted a private bank’s ATM here of Rs 8.2 lakh on Sunday after entering the kiosk on the pretext of spraying disinfectant.
Nobody suspected him as sanitary workers are at work across the city to disinfect public places to contain the spread of coronavirus.
According to reports, the unidentified man arrived in an autorickshaw with a bag and a spray tube.
He is said to have told the 65-year-old security guard of the ATM on MMDA East Main Road that he needed to spray disinfectant inside the kiosk as per the order of the city corporation.
Notably, a customer who entered the kiosk noticed the suspect entering password on the currency chest and mistook him to be an employee of bank, according to police.
Both the customer and the security guard was waiting at a distance as the burgler decamped with the huge amount of cash.
Within ten minutes, the man came out with the bag and rushed to the waiting autorickshaw.
Suspecting some foul play, the customer alerted the security guard.
Though the duo tried to stop him, the man escaped in the rickshaw.
Upon being alerted, the bank manager reached the spot and discovered that Rs 8.2 lakh has been stolen.
Since the suspect unlocked the chest with key and correct password, the police suspected it to be the handiwork of some insider.