Cash looted, but Rs 1.5 crore jewels ‘safe’ in bank heist

Published: 16th April 2013 10:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2013 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

An attempt was made to burgle the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Bank (PACB) located at Manangorai village near Ayyampettai. As the burglars could not break open the safe, jewels worth around `1.5 crores remained untouched, police said.

According to police, Selvaraj of Thanjavur, Secretary, Manangorai Primary Agricultural Cooperative Bank, had locked the bank on the evening of April 13 and returned to the bank on Monday morning.

Selvaraj was shocked to find the locks of the Society’s shutters broke open. When he inspected the campus, the locks of the fair price shop attached to the society was also found broken.

The wall of the locker room in the society abutting the society premises was broke open, and the accused seemed to have entered the locker room from that side. But since the locker could not be broken, the jewels remained intact.

Inspecting the scene of crime, police said that attempts had been made to open the safety locker using gas welding equipment, but the attempt failed. Police said the value of jewels kept in the locker was around `1.5 crores.

However, the burglars made away with `47,000 cash kept in the cash box of the bank, and the inverter used in the bank,  police said.

Srinivasan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Papanasam, held inquiries at the bank. Palanichamy, Inspector of Police, Ayyampettai, registered a case and investigations are on. Forensic experts collected fingerprints from the scene of crime.


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