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YouTube inspired robbery lands Delhi duo in jail

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Updated: April 30, 2011, 11:12 AM IST
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YouTube inspired robbery lands Delhi duo in jail
YouTube helps two Delhi youths plan an ATM robbery but not how to evade arrest.

New Delhi: They watched several videos of ATM robbery on YouTube to plan their heists but two engineering aspirants landed in police net here early Friday morning soon after they attempted one.

The duo Hardik Shrivastava and Chanchal Gupta belongs to lower middle class families and wanted to secure admission in a "good" engineering college which allegedly prompted them to commit robbery to fund their aspirations.

"We arrested them this morning after a patrolling party found them in suspicious conditions in a park near Ghanta Ghar in Hari Nagar," DCP (West) V Renganathan said.

According to Renganathan, the duo had appeared in various competitive exams and allegedly wanted to get some fast money to secure admission in a good engineering college.

"They belong to lower middle class families. Father of Gupta is an auto driver while Hardik's mother is a school teacher and father a production manager in a factory in Noida. Both of them watched different videos on YouTube.com after searching for videos titled 'ATM robbery' and planned their action accordingly," he said.

All started when a patrolling team found a motorcycle parked in the bushes alongside the wall of the park. The two boys were found sitting inside the park and they started running in opposite directions on seeing the police party.

"Both of them were given a chase and apprehended. They were found carrying two bags in which there were drill machine, screw drivers, hammer and torch. They told they had tried to break open an ATM machine.

"Initially they tried to mislead police but finally took them to an Indian Bank ATM situated at market complex of Janakpuri where it was found that the machine had been broken with the covers lying on the floor," Renganathan said. CCTV cameras installed inside the ATM was found damaged.

The youths had taken the toolkit of Hardik's father bag and tested the drill machine and made a plan to drill inside an ATM machine to steal the cash.

"They also surveyed the area and zeroed in on the ATM as there was no guard and the entry in the ATM was through swiping of any debit or credit card and it was in a secluded place.

"Hardik procured debit card of his grandmother to secure entry in the ATM. They smashed the CCTV camera immediately after entering the ATM. After that they tried to break open the ATM machine by drill and hammer," Renganathan said.

They could only succeed in breaking open the upper front portion of the machine and the vault having the cash proved too strong to be break open through the drill. They tried for some time but on hearing some noises around they left the ATM and ran from there and sat in the park waiting for the day-break where they were caught, he said.

First Published: April 30, 2011, 11:12 AM IST
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