Cops arrest trio for trying to loot bank
VASHI: The police arrested three members of a gang for allegedly attempting to loot a bank at Kopar Khairane on November 13. The police are looking out for the other three members who fled from the spot, said the police at a press conference held on Wednesday.
DCP (Zone I) Shahaji Umap said, “We received a tip-off about a gang planning a dacoity at the branch of Punjab National Bank in Kopar Khairane’s Sector 20 following which senior police inspector Satish Gaikwad set up a trap around the bank’s premises. While we managed to catch three accused, the other three members of the gang escaped.”
During interrogation, the trio — Parvez alias Pravin alias Pradip Shaikh, 22, Deepak Jha, 20, and Gulab Bhide, 21— confessed to having cheated several customers.
Umap said, “While being interrogated, the accused revealed that a few days back, they had cheated Bhaidas Sawant, an autorickshaw driver from Dombivli, of Rs50,000, when he had come to Bank of India’s branch at Kopar Khairane’s Sector 6.”
“The accused had told Sawant that they had stolen Rs2 lakh from their owner and the police were searching for them. They requested Sawant to keep the cash, bundled in a handkerchief, with him for a few days and asked him to give them Rs50,000,” added Umap.
“Sawant did not suspect anything amiss until he untied the bundle and found that most of the notes were blank pieces of paper,” said Umap, adding that by then, the accused had already fled.
According to the police, the accused used a similar modus operandi to loot several other people. For instance, the gang had looted Rs20,000 from a person at the Bank of Baroda branch in Kopar Khairane. They told him that they needed to transfer Rs2 lakh into another account but could not do so because they did not have a pan card. They asked the victim to keep the Rs2 lakh with him for a few days and give them Rs20,000.
Of the looted money, the police have recovered Rs45,000 from the gang so far.
The police produce the three accused in front of mediapersons on Wednesday.