Accused found to have used duplicate keys to open locks
Coimbatore: The Coimbatore City Police have achieved a significant breakthrough in the bank burglary case by arresting the accused, besides recovering 4.170 kg of gold jewellery worth over Rs. 52.01 lakh, cash Rs. 8.3 lakhs and bank documents relating to the depositing of Rs. 2 lakh stolen cash.
Talking to reporters, the City Police Commissioner, C.K. Gandhirajan said that a burglary was noticed in the Dhanalakshmi Bank on Cross Cut Road on October 29.
The doors and windows remained intact and the burglar had used duplicate keys to gain entry into the bank premises. The bank officials reported that Rs. 10,38,600 cash and gold jewellery weighing 4.170 gm was missing.
Mr.Gandhirajan said that special police teams were formed under the Supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), P. Nagarajan and the teams led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), S. Jayapandian fanned out in different directions following a vital clue that one person who was staying with the bank officials in a lodge might have been behind the burglary, since he went missing after the occurrence.
Inquiries revealed that the suspect, Raja alias Rajaram alias David Raja of Virudhunagar district, who was posing as a Vigilance Officer from the Union Government, had established friendship with the bank officials, namely Ramesh and Sethuraman.
After gaining their confidence, the accused managed to prepare bogus keys for all the locks in the bank and gained entry into the bank by using the bogus keys during the weekend.
The police traced the whereabouts of the absconding accused found to be constantly on the move and nabbed him at Erode on Wednesday night.
Commissioner said inputs on the accused by an intelligence wing team led by Inspector K. Balamurugan helped in apprehending the accused.
The police recovered four duplicate keys for the bank door locks, two original keys of the safe vault and a toy gun from his person.
On information from the accused on the whereabouts of the booty, the police recovered Rs 8.30 lakh cash, jewellery weighing 4.170 kg worth Rs 52.01 lakhs and bank deposit receipts for Rs 2 lakhs of the stolen money.
Commissioner appreciated the special police teams including the DCP, ACP and Inspectors, K. Gowthaman, T.K.K. Senthilkumar, K. Ramachandran and M. Vinod besides sub-inspectors and constables for the swift reaction, leading to a breakthrough within three days.
Mr.Gandhirajan exhorted the bankers to co-operate with the police in preventing such incidents of crime. The bankers should remain sensitive to the requests and advisories of the police in preventive efforts.
He said that every bank and ATM premises should have a security guard round the clock who should be physically agile.
There is a pertinent need to equip the bank premises and ATM kiosks with surveillance cameras and burglar alarms that are connected to Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system so that miscreants could not succeed by snapping the power lines.
Through such preventive and proactive measures, these incidents could be totally curbed. Every jurisdiction police officer has been asked to visit the banks and sensitise them on the same and also to check for compliance levels.