ATM van heist: Driver held, police still to trace Rs12.92 lakh

The driver, Dominic Selvaraj Roy, who had fled with the cash van, was arrested by Upparpet police near a tin factory situated at K.R. Puram


A file photo. On 24 November, a day after the heist, the van was found abandoned at Vasant Nagar and police recovered Rs45 lakh of the Rs1.37 crore. Photo: HT
A file photo. On 24 November, a day after the heist, the van was found abandoned at Vasant Nagar and police recovered Rs45 lakh of the Rs1.37 crore. Photo: HT

Bengaluru: The van driver of a logistics agency who had allegedly fled with Rs1.37 crore collected from banks was on Tuesday apprehended but police are yet to trace the remaining Rs12.92 lakh.

“The driver, Dominic Selvaraj Roy, who had fled with the cash van, was arrested by Upparpet police this morning near a tin factory situated at K.R. Puram, but we are trying to trace the remaining Rs12.92 lakh,” DCP West Anucheth told reporters.

Police on Monday had nabbed his wife Evlin and recovered Rs79.80 lakh from her possession. On 24 November, a day after the heist, the van was found abandoned at Vasant Nagar and police recovered Rs45 lakh of the Rs1.37 crore, the police official said.

Replying to a query, Anucheth said the accused had spent some part of the money on buying clothes, lodging, boarding and also to repay loans. Anucheth said after carrying out the heist between 12 noon to 1 pm on 23 November, Dominic drove the van to Vasant Nagar.

Since the other two trunks were large, he picked up a small trunk with Rs92 lakh and abandoned the van at Vasant Nagar, Anucheth said. Dominic broke open the small trunk near Krishna Floor Mills at Banaswadi and stuffed Rs92 lakh in a gunny bag and walked to his house, a km away, Anucheth said. After getting the money, Evlin and her son travelled to Vellore and proceeded to Chennai to visit her relative’s house, the police official said.

From Chennai, Evlin and her son went to Coimbatore and from there to Chalakudy, a place near Thrissur, and travelled to Vijaywada, Anucheth said. From Vijaywada, they returned to Bengaluru on 27 November, the official added.

Anucheth said it was a planned heist. In a daring daylight heist on 23 November, Dominic, who was hired by Logicash, an outsourcing agency, had driven away the van carrying the cash when two other employees had gone to a bank at the heart of the city to collect money. The accompanying security personnel had told police that they gone to attend to the nature’s call when the driver fled the spot.

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