A State Bank of India ATM machine was the scene of an unusual bank heist. After the machine failed to dispense currency for several days, repair technicians were called to the scene where they discovered almost $18,000 worth of shredded Indian rupee notes. 1
Officials report that: “the clever rodent evaded security, entered into the ATM vault, and proceeded to destroy, and feast upon, nearly half the cash locked inside. Out of the $42,685 that was supposed to be available, only $25,022 was recovered intact.”
Police summoned to the scene recovered the body of a rat among the mutilated bank notes. Chandan Sharma, bank manager, was quoted as saying, “We were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat.” 1
The investigation was initially hampered because closed-circuit security cameras failed to catch footage of the perpetrators entering the ATM. 1 After careful investigation, a police official issued this statement: “We have not found the involvement of any bank official or any outsider.” 2 Police theorize the culprits entered the ATM’s vault through a small wire conduit and say that the rat acted alone, with no human accomplices.
Meanwhile, the bank manager assured, “We have started an investigation into this rare incident and will take measures to prevent a recurrence.” 1
The incident is eerily similar to another ATM incident earlier in the year in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. ForteBank employees opened an ATM machine to find a pile of gnawed tenge bills. This is a translation of a bank official’s comment about the incident, “We inform you that in one of the ForteBank ATMs located near the city of Astana, a pair of mice were found in the process of collection, apparently looking for shelter from harsh weather conditions.”3
Closer to home, it is not that unusual for pets to eat your hard-earned money. The U.S. Treasury reviews over 30,000 damaged or mutilated currency claims each year and redeems over $30 million to distressed owners.4
According to a vet, dollar bill pieces remain undigested until they are later deposited by your pooch in a…pile.5 The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing reports that most currency is mutilated by fire, water, chemicals, and explosives; animal, insect, or rodent damage; and petrification or deterioration by burying.4
If your dog eats your money and you can recover the evidence, you can submit a claim to the Bureau’s Mutilated Currency division here. The service is free!
Photo source: Kashmir Today
1Hussain Z. Rat breaches bank ATM in India, eats $18,000 worth of cash. 21 June 2018. Reuters.
2Naqvi S. Rats did it: Rodents destroy notes worth more than Rs 12 lakh in Assam ATM. 20 June 2018. Hindustan Times.
3NurKz (Kazakhstan News). Mice chewed money at a Kazakhstan bank. 12 January 2018.
4Bureau of Engraving and Printing. U.S. Department of the Treasury. Redeem Mutilated Currency.
5Pavia J. His dog ate the cash, and Treasury paid him back. 17 November 2016. CNBC.
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