Tiruchi, Jan 28:
Burglars broke open the walls of a Punjab National Bank branch in Samayapuram, here, on late night Sunday and decamped with cash and jewels worth more than Rs five crores.
According to sources, the burglars had gained entry of the bank by breaking of the back walls and had used welding machines to open five safe-deposit-lockers belonging to some private customers of the bank. It is feared, that jewels worth more than Rs 5 crore might have been stolen by the gang.
The burglars had left the drilling machine, gas-cutters and its cylinder which were used to break the back walls and lockers, on the outside of the bank, and decamped with the looted jewels, the sources further added.
On receiving the information of the burglary, the police were on their toes and started investigation. Forensic Officials who arrived at the spot, lifted some important clues.
According to sources, the burglars were able to rob the bank, as the bank was closed on Saturday in view of the Republic Day and the next day Sunday being usual holidays for all business establishments.
The bank officials as usual when opened the bank today for transactions of customers, were shocked to find that some lockers of the bank found broken with the help of gas cutters.
Tiruchi SP Jia Ul Huk who visited the bank said that the Police Department had always been issuing warnings to banks and other merchants to keep always track of their business establishments, despite, the theft had occurred. He also added that the crime would have been committed by more than three persons.
The SP said that with the security system installed at the bank, the police could nab the culprits responsible for the theft.
It is said that it was perhaps the biggest robbery after the three different thefts that took place in the Tiruchi district in the recent past.
According to a bank official, the bank officials were finding out the exact amount of jewels and cash that were stolen from the bank.