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Rats chew through £13,000 in cash in India

24 June 2018

At least one money-hungry rat broke into an ATM and chewed through almost $18,000 in cash, authorities in India said.

Rats have nibbled through more than 1m rupees of banknotes after entering a cash machine in north-east India, police said.

Police said the ATM had been broken down since May 20 for what was thought to be a technical problem, but technicians didn't attempt to fix it until June 11 and the shredded cash was reported to investigators on June 14.

Reports estimate the destroyed banknotes at between 1.2 and 1.3 million rupees ($17,662 to $19,000).

The rodent entered the cash terminal in northeastern India through a small hole meant for cables, police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said. The notes were in 500-rupee and 2,000-rupee denominations.

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When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat.

"We've checked and there is no other criminal or conspiracy to angle to the incident".

It remains uncertain how the rat got past the machine's security camera.

SBI owns more than 50,000 ATMs in India, according to Reuters.

Authorities in India found shredded money inside a local bank and a hungry rat is believed to be the culprit.

Rats chew through £13,000 in cash in India