Mumbai: In a filmy-style heist, robbers dug a 25-feet tunnel to reach the lockers of a bank and decamped with valuables worth over Rs 40 lakh.
"We suspect the thieves were studying the location of the locker room since May, after which they started digging". The first tunnel found had a circumference of about 3 feet and was around 5 feet deep from the shop to ground.
After examining the hole, they found it led to a 30-foot-long tunnel that opened into a shop a short distance away from the bank. "We have got clues about the accused and our teams are working on them", Assistant police inspector (Turbhe division) Mr. Kiran Patil said.
The bank has closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, but none inside the locker room. Previously similar modus operandi was used in Kamothe and Nerul cases wherein the accused were nabbed. The incident came to light on Monday morning when the bank employees reported for duty.
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The bank has 225 lockers, and the robbers broke into 30 of them, PTI quoted a senior police officer as saying.
He said the Preliminary investigations revealed that the robbers had a clear idea of the banks structure and executed the plan with much care to avoid getting caught. Some were inconsolable after learning about the theft, while others were relieved to know that their lockers had not been broken into. Dagdu Gavani told the Mumbai Mirror: "All my life's savings were kept in the bank locker". It's an open secret that private banks usually demand heavy investments by customers (usually as fixed deposits or mutual funds) in exchange of pushing their names up in the "waiting list".
A case has been registered with the Sanpada police under Sections 454 (house break), 457 (house break at night) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code.