Special Correspondent

Jewels worth Rs.2.7 crore stolen from Ponnyam Cooperative Bank

KANNUR: In a major incident of bank heist in the district, ornaments worth Rs. 2.7 crore were stolen from a cooperative bank at Ponnyam near Thalassery here on Saturday.

The police said that the ornaments valued Rs. 2,70,16,119 had been stolen from the strong room of the Ponnyam Cooperative Bank located on the Ponnyam bridge road at Anjam Mile on the Thalassery-Koothuparamba road. The robbery came to light when bank employees reached the bank functioning in a two-storey building in the morning. The police said that the robbery was apparently carried out by more than one person.

According to the police, the robbers entered the strong room on the ground floor by drilling a hole on its wall after gaining entry into the building through the rooftop room whose windowpanes were found broken and metal bars removed. One of the two iron safes in which the ornaments were kept was broke open, the police said adding that the ornaments were items pledged by customers for availing themselves of gold loans. The second safe containing cash and ornaments was left unbroken.

No security guard

There was no security guard in the bank, nor was there any security alarm attached to the strong room. A computer in the bank secretary’s office was damaged. Office files on the table were also damaged. The police said that an iron hammer, a glove and a black bag were recovered from the scene of the crime.

Additional Director General of Police K.S. Jangpangi and Superintendent of Police S. Sreejith were among those who visited the spot. Thalassery Dy.SP K. Prakash would lead a special investigation team to probe into the robbery.