Alert from Mumbai team foils bank heist in Chennai

A bid to rob a private bank premises in Ramapuram was thwarted after an alert security team from Mumbai, who were remotely monitoring the bank and its ATM through CCTV cameras, alerted the city police in the wee hours of Monday. The police are yet to nab the culprits, who escaped by the time a patrol team reached the spot.
Alert from Mumbai team foils bank heist in Chennai
Police officers inspecting the bank at Ramapuram


Police said that the robbers first entered the ATM attached to the Axis Bank on St Thomas Mount-Poonamallee Road at Ramapuram around 3 pm on the guise of withdrawing money. After ensuring that no one was around, they returned with gas cutters and tried to break open the windows to gain entry into the bank. 
But the thieves failed to notice the CCTV cameras pointed in their direction, the footage from which was being uploaded live to the Axis Bank’s main security control centre in Mumbai through the internet protocol television (IPTV) network. The security expert in Mumbai who saw the unusual activity triggered the alarm immediately.
From the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai, officials immediately contacted the police control room in Chennai and alerted them about the unauthorised entry. Following this, police personnel on patrol rushed to the spot. However, the suspects had escaped from the spot by the time they reached there.
Police found out the windows cut with the help of a welding machine. The burglars had also cut the emergency alarm cables at the ATM attached to the bank. A gas cutter and a welding machine was also seized from the spot. Police suspect that the burglars might have cut alarm cables after it went off and escaped, said police.
The Royala Nagar police have registered a case and collected CCTV footage to ascertain the identity of the suspects. Sources said that the CCTV footage showed entering the ATM kiosk, with their faces with clothes. 
Police suspect that the burglars should have monitored the bank before attempting the loot, and are questioning the employees of the branch to find out if any of them were involved in the crime. It looked like a planned attempt with the knowledge about the functioning of the bank, said police. 
Familiar targets
  • March 26: Burglars broke into a branch of the Indian Overseas Bank in Virugambakkam and stole Rs 30 lakh in cash and gold jewellery. The main accused, Sabi Lal, who was the security guard of the bank, was nabbed in his hometown in Nepal.
  • April 23: A man who stole Rs 6 lakh from Indian Bank in Indira Nagar at gun point was arrested by the traffic police.
  • May 28: About 32 kg of gold, worth Rs 8 cr, was stolen from a Bank of India branch in Tiruvallur. Police arrested three persons including an office assistant of the bank and recovered the gold from them.

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