10 security guards held over ATM theft

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 ─ The police have detained 10 security guards to facilitate investigations into the siphoning of RM600,000 from three automated teller machines near Equine Park in Subang Jaya two days ago.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects from two companies were picked up from several locations.

The arrests followed information that some of the guards were suspected to have access to the ATMs, he said.

Khalid said the suspects, aged between 25 and 40, were remanded for four days, adding that police obtained a “new lead” that some of them had access to the ATMs.

“We also detained a guard who went for dinner at the time of the theft,” he told reporters after a meeting with security guards of Selangor hotels in Subang Jaya yesterday.

Khalid said statements would be recorded from bank employees with access to the ATMs.

Police recovered some money from a location and are trying to ascertain whether the notes were emptied from the ATM.

In the incident at 11.20pm on Tuesday, thieves escaped with RM600,000 from three ATMs after coating eight closed-circuit television cameras with black paint to prevent the devices from identifying them.

It was the third theft involving ATMs in one week.

On June 19, thieves escaped with RM350,000 after forcing open an ATM at Koperasi UNIKEB building in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Three days later, a man used an excavator to cart away an ATM from a petrol station at the 10.4km Jalan Klang Lama-Puchong. ─ Bernama

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