Techie Lalitha wasn't ATM Robber's First Victim

Published: 24th May 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Software employee, 24-year-old Chinta Sri Lalitha, was not the first one to be robbed at gunpoint at the ATM kiosk in Yousufguda by Pedapally Shiva Kumar Reddy. Ten days ago, Reddy had robbed a debit card from a youngster at the same ATM. But the youngster fortunately didn’t have money in his bank account.

The first attempt went undetected as the victim did not lodge any complaint with the police. Now, a fresh case has been registered against Reddy after details of his earlier crime became known.

The police also reportedly took Reddy’s accomplice into custody. They believe the duo might have been involved in at least two more robberies in the city.

Reddy had robbed Lalitha at gunpoint on May 20 and the CCTV footage of the same created a furore across the country. He had fired a round with a country-made pistol to scare the techie. Police, who caught him a day after the incident, recovered from him a 9MM country-made pistol, which he bought for Rs 25,000 from a Maharashtra-based gang.

Police said they also have the CTTV footage of Shiva Kumar’s first robbery attempt committed 10 days ago. “We took the video footage, and registered an attempt to robbery case against him,” said police.

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