Tiruvallur bank heist solved in 12 hours

By NT Bureau Published on May 29, 2018 01:52 PM IST

Chennai: In a swift action, Tiruvallur police solved a robbery at Bank of India branch within 12 hours with the arrest of a bank employee and three others.

On Monday morning, it was found that 32 kilograms gold worth Rs 6  crore was stolen from lockers of the bank at Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Tiruvallur.

A special team led by five DSPs cracked the case in less than 12 hours with the aid of CCTV footage.  The sleuths arrested bank employee Viswanathan and three others in connection with the incident. Further, the team has recovered the stolen gold from the group.

The gang had broken the front grill door's lock and the rest, including the safe, were opened with duplicate keys.

This incident came to light yesterday morning when the bank’s security guard found the locks of the shutter on the ground floor already open.

The bank is located on the first floor of a two-storeyed building near Oil Mill area. A private finance company that provides property loans is on the second floor.

"The burglars looted mortgaged jewellery and found access to the safe with duplicate keys," the police said.

On Monday, Tiruvallur superintendent of police Sibi Chakravarthy took stock of the situation. Based on a complaint from the bank manager, Sekar, the police pursued the case.

It was reported that the bank was equipped with seven CCTV cameras and a security alarm system. This incident created tension among customers who thronged the facility as soon as the news spread yesterday.