In a heist that could easily be mistaken for a movie plot, a group of robbers dug a 25-feet long tunnel to the lockers of a bank in Mumbai, fleeing with valuables worth Rs. 40 Lakh.
The robbery took place at a branch of Bank of Baroda in the Juninagar area near Navi Mumbai at some time between Saturday and Sunday, a police officer told the Press Trust of India. A case has been registered and the police said they are probing the matter, which may have been planned over 5 months ago.
The bank staff discovered the robbery when they went to work on Monday morning and walked in to the locker room to find several vaults open.
The accused robbers, who are yet to be caught, had allegedly rented a shop next to the bank in May. Since then, they reportedly dug the tunnel which stretched to 25-feet, to reach the locker room of the Bank of Baroda branch. The accused allegedly opened 30 of the 225 lockers there, and walked away with valuables worth about Rs. 40 lakh.
The police were notified by the bank staff on Monday, when they went to work after the weekend.
“We are examining the CCTV footages. Even though the exact valuation of the looted items is yet to be ascertained, it appears that valuables worth Rs. 40 lakh have been stolen,” the officer said.
“A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered at the Sanpada police station,” Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said, adding that a probe is on.