**Bhubaneswar**: In a major breakthrough, the Commissionerate of Police busted an inter-state ATM theft gang with the arrest of main accused from Uttarakhand.
Ajay Choudhery, the mastermind of the racket, used to loot cash from ATMs with the help of modern technologies, police said.
Addressing a joint press meet here, Odisha Police DG K.B. Singh and Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania said the main accused, a resident of Delhi, had robbed around Rs 37 lakh from Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri.
Following a complaint lodged by Central Bank of India Branch Manager at Airfield police station on February 25, two special police teams were formed to probe the matter.
The police DG also revealed that the robbers didn’t use mobile phones while committing the crime.
“The thieves, in this case, didn’t use mobile phones as they were communicating through an app. The culprits were using a Chinese malware for the purpose. First, they first install into the system through the USB port and the reboot it,” the DGP added.
After that they take screenshot of the ATM and sent it to their partner in remote location to obtain password and after getting the password the robbers dispense currency in high denomination, the top cop further revealed.
Six bank accounts of the main accused of having Rs 8 lakh deposits and one bank locker were also freezed by the Commissionerate Police.
Notably, Ajay was jailed in 2014 in an ATM skimming case. Besides, he was allegedly involved in a similar kind of offence in Lucknow in 2016.