Robber cuts open ATM in Vietnam, taking over $46,000 worth of cash

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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 An ATM booth of Agribank in Ho Chi Minh City. File photo

Nearly VND1 billion (US$46,200) was believed to have been taken from an ATM that was found broken in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.
Police said that the ATM booth of the state-owned Agribank is located inside a college.
The robber apparently broke into the school before cutting open the cash machine, allegedly with a blow torch, and then stealing all the money inside. 
The theft took place at around 3 a.m., but was not discovered until four and half hours later by a bank employee who came to clean the machine, police said.
The booth was equipped with surveillance cameras and a security alarm system, they said.
According to Agribank, a cash amount worth VND1.3 billion was added to the machine a week before. 
By the last transaction which was recorded at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, more than VND991 million was left in the machine. 
Investigation continues. 

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