Man tasked with guarding ATM allegedly stole IDR500 million

The suspect named RP was tasked with overseeing the refilling of ATM machines. Photo: Istimewa
The suspect named RP was tasked with overseeing the refilling of ATM machines. Photo: Istimewa

A 34-year-old man in charge of supervising the refilling of ATM machines in Denpasar has been arrested for allegedly stealing half a billion rupiah while on duty. 

Denpasar City Police Chief Jansen Avitus Panjaitan said today that the suspect, identified as RP, was tasked by PT SSI with overseeing the refilling of ATM machines from state-owned bank BRI. 

“The suspect embezzled the funds that he was supposed to supervise,” Jansen said, adding that the stolen amount exceeded IDR530 million (US$37,315). 

The police said RP was able to manipulate the ATM machines to display an error message. He would later be deployed to check and fix the error, and, with access to the safe lock code and by using various tools, including pliers, RP is able to pull out the cash cassette from the bottom of the machine and carefully take the money out as he wished. 

In order for the main office not to read any problems with the ATM machines, he would wedge a water bottle or pringles cans on the cash cassette so that the sensor would catch it as being filled with money,” Jansen said. 

RP allegedly committed the crime between July and December of last year, for which he has been charged with articles under the criminal code (KUHP) on embezzlement in work capacity, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

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