On December 26, 2012, an unidentified man slipped away with cash bundles totalling to an amount of Rs. 11 lakh from the Indian Overseas Bank on the Triplicane High Road.

The theft was captured on the CCTV camera installed in the branch. However, almost two months after the incident, the police have no crucial leads.

Sources with the Triplicane police said, the theft took place around 3.10 p.m. on a Wednesday, when bank operations for customers were almost complete and the staff were switching to accounting process.

CCTV footage showed a youth with a beard, wearing a black full-sleeve shirt and a brown cap, entering the branch with a half-opened backpack. The man walked around, combing the area including the counters, while keeping in sight the spot where the CCTV camera was located. He then stole Rs. 11 lakh from a cash counter while the cashier was absent, placed the money in his backpack and strolled out of the branch.

Bank officials, however, realised the theft only in the evening. They examined CCTV footage and lodged a complaint the following day, sources said.

A Triplicane police team examined the CCTV footage which shows the suspect walking near counters in the branch.

All the staff members of the branch were questioned by investigators. However, the identity of the man in the CCTV grab has not been established.

“We are probing all angles and have taken phone records of all the persons in the branch and in the vicinity at the time of the theft. We are confident about cracking the case very soon and apprehending the thief,” Anil Kumar Giri, deputy commissioner of police, Triplicane, said.

Unidentified man stole Rs. 11 lakh from IOB branch

in Triplicane

last year