Private security agency driver flees with ATM drop off van having Rs 82 lakh, arrested


NRI coastal police in Navi Mumbai on Thursday evening arrested Sandeep Dalvi (38), the driver of a private security agency who allegedly absconded with Rs 82,50,000 in cash with Ulwe’s van. However, the police were only able to recover Rs 41,000 in his possession. But said more people are involved in the crime and they will all be arrested soon.

On Wednesday, April 13 at around 8:20 p.m., Dalvi reportedly fled with Rs 82.50,000 in cash with Ulwe’s van while other agency staff deposited cash in a Bank of India ATM at Sector 19 in Ulwe while other branch staff were depositing cash at a Bank of India ATM.

The driver abandoned the van near Apollo Hospital in Belapur. However, the money was missing from the van.

The security agency that employed the driver who allegedly scampered Rs 82.5 lakhs in cash while the agency staff deposited money in an ATM in Ulwe did not have details like the phone number mobile, driver’s Aadhar number.

Police say in the past 10 days four new drivers have been delegated for the job and the accused who got away with cash joined on the day of the incident.

Ravindra Patil, Senior Police Inspector of the NRI Coastal Police Station, regular van driver Mallinath Balkhede (55), a resident of Ghansoli, had traveled to his hometown in Karnataka. Meanwhile, his son, identified as Vishwanath Balkhede (35), worked as a driver in his father’s absence from April 4 to April 10.

Senior PI Patil said the security agency did not have the mobile phone number and Aadhar number of the new driver. “The security agency did not carry out a proper check on the driver before employing him. It is very difficult to find him without any clues. There is negligence on the part of the security agency” , Patil said. He added that even the lock used to close the till was not up to standard.

“They had used local locks and even the condition of the van is not good,” Patil said. He added that they caught Dalvi with technical help.

According to the police, the van had left Koparkhairane with Rs 2,29,50,000 in cash and downloaded the change from ATMs of different banks in Jasai, Dhutum, Pirkon, Navghar, Charphata Uran, Karanja Ghawan. He reached Sector 19 in Ulwe, where the Bank of India ATM is located, which was the next stop around 8 p.m.

While security personnel guarded the door of the ATM, other staff, including the cash management company’s safe deposit box manager, were busy downloading the money. The van was parked 50 meters in front of the ATM and other agency staff could not notice when the driver drove away with cash.

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Posted: Friday April 15th 2022, 6:25 PM IST

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