Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Robbers tunnel through Navi Mumbai bank, steal valuables from 27 lockers

Robbers tunnel through Navi Mumbai bank, steal valuables from 27 lockers

As the bank was closed on weekend, it is not known whether the incident took place on Saturday or Sunday. Bank officials and customers were shocked on Monday morning when they discovered that robbers entered the bank by tunneling a hole through the shop next door.

In a bank robbery reminiscent of a 90's Bollywood heist film, a group of expert thieves dug a 25-feet tunnel to reach the lockers of a bank in Navi Mumbai and fled with valuables worth crores. This shop housing private lockers rented out to people for safe keeping of valuable and documents. Of 237 lockers, 30 lockers were found open. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Tushar Doshi said it is "impossible to dig a tunnel ending exactly under the locker room without knowing the bank's layout".

However, the alarming number of robberies in state-run banks, which many in India still consider a "safer" option as compared to their private banking counterparts, makes availing locker services an unintelligent bet. "Taking advantage of the two-day weekend break, the accused broke 30 lockers", police sources said.

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

Around 10 police teams are working on the case. "Even though the exact valuation of the looted items is yet to be ascertained, it appears that valuables worth Rs 40 lakh have been stolen", an official said. "I came to keep a mangalsutra in the bank, and found that my locker was broken into". The bank had called all its customers and was verifying other records.

According to Hemant Nagrale, Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, "We have registered an offence in Sanpada police station under Section 454, 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code.".

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