Thieves dig 25-foot tunnel into bank

14 November, 2017, 21:19 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Thieves dig 25-foot tunnel to rob bank

The robbery is believed to have taken place at a branch of Bank of Baroda in the Juninagar area near Navi Mumbai early Sunday.

The police said the tunnel led to a shop near the bank.

Thieves in the western Indian city of Mumbai robbed a government-owned bank after gaining access via a 25ft (8m) tunnel that they dug over four months. The culprits have dug an underground tunnel of 25 feet long to the locker room of the bank.

Officials at Bank of Baroda's branch came in to work on Monday and found the broken lockers and a gaping hole under them, police said. "The thieves rented out the adjoining shop since May 2017". When the customer and a bank officer entered the locker room, they found that 27 lockers had been looted.

The tunnel was dug from the seventh shop, Balaji General Stores, run by Gena Bachan Prasad.

Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said, "It is impossible to dig a tunnel that ends exactly under the locker room without having an idea about the bank's structure".

Around 10 police teams are working on the case.

The bank, incidentally, had not installed CCTV cameras in the locker room to protect the customer's privacy.

Mr. Patil said, "As of now, we have spoken to around five customers, who have lost valuables worth around Rs. 7 lakh". 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". Speaking to the press, DCP Sudhakar Pathare, Zone I, Navi Mumbai Police, said,"We have registered an offence in Sanpada police station under Section 454, 457 and 380 of the IPC,"said Hemant Nagrale, Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Police".

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