Man Arrested For Trying To Break A Cash Deposit Machine In Penang

A man was caught red-handed trying to break a cash deposit machine (CDM) at an AmBank branch along Lintang Bukit Penara in Penang on Wednesday night (June 23rd). 

According to NST, Southwest district police chief Superintendent Kamarul Rizal Jenal said that police were alerted about the incident at about 10 pm.

man arrested for trying to break a cash deposit machine in penangPhoto via Astro AWANI

Acting on a tip-off, a police team rushed to the bank and caught the man in action.

“Initial investigations revealed that one of the two CDM machines at the bank were damaged at its money withdrawal slot and barrier door as a result of the man’s actions. However, the man failed to break the CDM machine before he was taken into custody,” he said. 

The incident that happened at 9:40 pm involved only one suspect and he was identified as a 39-year-old unemployed from Georgetown with four previous records involving drug offences. 

“Further checks also show that the man had taken a bus from Georgetown to the bank in Balik Pulau. We believed the motive could have been due to the difficulties he is facing,” Kamarul added. 

Police believed that the man had used a metal rod, likely a car absorber, to attempt to break the CDM machine. 

man arrested for trying to break a cash deposit machine in penangPhoto via NST

The case is now being investigated under Sections 380/511 of the Penal Code and Section 427 of the same code. Guys, be careful when you’re transferring cash, especially at night! 

It’s always better to have someone there to teman you, if not, remember to check your surroundings!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat