KERALA

Bank heist: police intensify probe

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: A special team constituted to investigate the bank heist at the Payyoli branch of the Kozhikode District Cooperative Bank here is piecing together evidences to trace the culprits behind the crime.

Vadakara Assistant Commissioner of Police J. Venkatanga Subramanian, who is leading the investigation team, said on Tuesday that fingerprint experts had given inputs on the details they had collected on Monday. The inputs revealed that the burglars might have used gloves as well as scrubbed the fingerprint marks.

The team had also prepared a list of convicts recently released from jail. “But we have not obtained any specific clues,” he said, adding that the police would also extract information from those who got the locker facility at the bank recently.

The staff strength including the manager of the bank is eight, he said.

Besides, the team would coordinate with police officers who had investigated the robbery cases in other parts of north Kerala. The police have not ruled out the possibility of a gang carrying out the robbery. However, no multiple footprints have been found in the locker room of the bank.

The police have not been able to ascertain the exact value of the stolen goods as the valuables and cash were stolen from the safe deposit lockers of the bank. The incident could have taken place on Saturday or Sunday night. The bank remained close from 5 p.m. on Saturday and opened only at 9 a.m. on Monday.

The burglars had taken valuables from 20 out of the 75 safe deposit lockers in the bank. A few of them had also been tampered with.

Mr. Subramanian said that notices had been sent to all the clients of the safe deposit lockers whose valuables had been lost.

“So far we have received information from 12 customers. The total contents from these lockers were 286 sovereigns of gold,” he said.

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