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Gampola ATM robbers arrested

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Pistol belongs to MP Ali Sabri Raheem recovered:

Seven suspects who had stolen an ATM/CDM machine from a private bank in Gampola recently has been arrested by the police yesterday from Galaha and Gampola areas.

The ATM machine and a pistol belonging to Puttalam District MP Ali Sabri Raheem which was stolen when his home was set on fire during the ‘Aragalaya’ are among the items recovered, Police said.

Earlier, a special Police team had arrested two members of the gang who were allegedly involved in the robbery of the Cash Deposit Machine (CDM) which reportedly contained nearly Rs. 8 million in cash in a private bank in Gampola town.

On January 25th, a group consisting of four people who came from a K.D.H. van had carried out this robbery. The Police found the van left at Galaha Junction in Peradeniya after four hours after this robbery. The driver was also left beside the van with his hands tied. The driver also a retired Air Force soldier, had said during the police questioning that he brought the van to Peradeniya on the pretext of going on a hired journey and someone had tied his hands and eyes, hijacked the van, and left him with the van. Due to the contradictions and doubts regarding the driver’s statements, he was kept in Police custody for several days and investigations were conducted. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 01:10

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