Bengaluru West division police announced the arrest of Dominic Roy, the man behind the ATM van heist on Tuesday. In a span of one week, the man shuttled between 4 states giving the police a run for their money. With Dominic in their custody, the police are yet to recover Rs 12.92 lakh.
"We started tracing him the moment he dropped his family off in Bengaluru. Our men were posted in places recorded as those that he frequented and we were successful in arresting him. We are yet to recover part of the stolen money", said M N Anucheth, DCP West division.
How Dominic pulled the heist off
On November 23 Dominic drove away with a cash-laden ATM van from K G Road of Bengaluru. He abandoned the vehicle in Vasanthnagar and carried 2 boxes filled with new currency notes. He left behind Rs 45 lakh in locked in another box.
He headed to a flourmill where he broke open the box and transferred the notes into a bag and headed home. Evelyn and their son were packed and ready to leave. The family headed to Shivajinagar locality and then proceeded to Shantinagar bus terminal.
On a bus to Vellore, the family decided to keep shifting base. It was Chennai from Vellore, and then Coimbator and then Thrissur in Kerala. All this while Dominic carried the notes casually in a bag. From Thrissur they proceeded to Vijayawada where they checked into a lodge. After consulting an advocate on Evelyn's advice, they decided to return to Bengaluru. The advocate suggested that they surrender which wasn't agreeable to Dominic. Dropping Evelyn and their son in Kullappa circle of Bengaluru, Dominic made his way to Salem from where the police arrested him.
Rs 12.92 lakh still missing
Along with Rs 45 lakh that was left behind in the vehicle and Rs 79.08 lakh recovered from Evelyn on Sunday, the police are yet to trace Rs 12.92 lakh. Apart from spending money for their travel and lodging, the couple is said to have cleared loans that they had taken earlier with the stolen money.
After the arrest of Dominic's wife Evelyn on Sunday, Bengaluru police traced Dominic all the way to Salem in Tamil Nadu. Exactly a week after the heist the police have the accused, his accomplice and Rs 1.24 crore however, Rs 12.92 lakh remains missing.
Sources from the police department reveal that the couple had informed relatives that they were to receive huge amount of money from sale of a property a couple of days before their heist. They had also claimed that they will go incommunicado for a few days. Police sources claim that Dominic could have very well joined a cash management and transport company with the intent of a heist.