Thieves tun­nel 25 feet into bank, break into lock­ers


IN what is ob­vi­ously a very ‘strik­ing’ modus operandi, thieves robbed a Bank of Bar­oda branch in Juina­gar, Navi Mum­bai af­ter tun­nelling 25 feet un­der­ground into its locker room. The ac­cused had even rented a shop ad­join­ing the bank where they ran a gen­eral store.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the in­ci­dent took place at the Bank of Bar­oda branch in front of Juina­gar rail­way sta­tion. “The ac­cused dug up an un­der­ground tun­nel of 25 feet to the locker room of the bank and broke open 30 lock­ers. The val­u­a­tion of the looted prop­erty is yet to be done as we are tak­ing the state­ment of the locker own­ers,” said He­mant Na­grale, Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Navi Mum­bai.

Many locker own­ers fear the bank lock­ers were too un­safe now.

Sources from the Navi Mum­bai po­lice said the ac­cused had rented a shop ad­join­ing the bank. “The rob­bery took place be­tween Satur­day and Sun­day as the bank had a hol­i­day. When the bank man­ager ar­rived on Mon­day he found that the lock­ers were bro­ken into. He then in­formed us,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from San­pada po­lice sta­tion.

Ki­ran Patil, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Vashi said, “The ac­cused had taken a shop ad­join­ing the bank on rent, where they ran a gen­eral store from May. We have gath­ered a lot of ev­i­dence from the bank in­clud­ing the CCTV footage.”

A case has been reg­is­tered at San­pada po­lice sta­tion under Sec­tions 454 (lurk­ing house tres­pass), 457 (lurk­ing house tres­pass at night) and 380 (theft in dwelling) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

The crooks looted 30 lock­ers af­ter tun­nel­ing through the floor of the locker room at the Juina­gar branch of Bank of Bar­oda

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