A huge amount of cash kept in the office of a private engineering works company in Thiruchengode in Namakkal district was charred after burglars attempted to cut open a cash chest using a gas cutter on Friday night.
The firm’s owner, Shanmugam, claimed that he had kept cash around `15 lakh, besides some property documents in the chest. However, the police have refused to vouch for the sum.
Shanmugam had told the police that he noticed smoke emanating from the locker when he opened the office on Saturday morning. The locker was found moved.
On information from Shanmugam, police officers including Thiruchengode Deputy Superintendent of Police, M Ramasamy, reached the spot. Investigation showed that the burglars entered the office by detaching the glass windowpane and tried to cut open the locker using a gas cutter. However, their attempt failed.
Most of the cash kept in the locker got burnt, but about `40,000 were found to be intact. Police suspect that the value of the currency charred could be lower. Shanmugam had told them he had got the cash from a client for manufacturing rigs.
“When we questioned Shanmugam, he said he could not remember the exact amount of cash kept in the locker. Forensic experts were called in to examine the spot and we are conducting investigations to trace the culprits,” the Deputy Superintendent of Police said.
The Thiruchengode Town police registered a case and were investigating.