KUALA LUMPUR - Thinking that they would not be found out, a gang of thieves used their experience and insider knowledge at the security firm they were working at to steal RM160,000 (S$61,650) from two ATMs.
However, they were thwarted when an internal investigator at their security firm lodged a police report that an ATM in Bangsar was missing RM80,000 from the RM220,000 loaded into it on March 3.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said his personnel were alerted after the report was lodged.
"Four days later, we received a report that another ATM - this time at the National Registration Department in Putrajaya - was also missing RM80,000 of the RM220,000 that was loaded into it," he told reporters at the city police headquarters yesterday.
In that case, a check on the machine revealed that it had been prised open and the lock broken, said SAC Gan.
"We believe that both thefts were carried out by insiders who have the know-how to break into these machines.
"In connection with the first theft, we raided three houses in Kuala Selangor between 4am and 7am on March 6 and arrested three men," he said, adding that one of them was a technician attached to the security company.
He added that the other two, aged between 22 and 24, were unemployed.
The technician, he said, had been absent from work since Feb 16 and police believed that the gang had bought a Proton Wira worth RM20,000 from their ill-gotten loot.
SAC Gan said in the second case, police arrested two men on March 10 when they came to the Putrajaya police station to assist investigation.
"The following day, we arrested another man at Kampung Kerinchi," he said adding that all three men, aged between 27 and 29, were staff with the security company.
Police, he said, were now looking for other members of the syndicate.