A whopping Rs 23 Lakhs were stolen from a bank locker in Hiranandani! The hair-raising robbery was carried out by unidentified robbers at a bank in Hiranandani, with the stolen items including diamonds and gold jewellery. Powai police is currently investigating the theft and looking into all aspects of the case. According to Powai police, the victim of the robbery, Mitali Shah (name changed), a resident of Hiranandani Gardens, had an active account with a reputed bank located inside the Delphi building.
The victim had also taken a locker to store personal belongings and valuables. Upon inspecting the contents of the locker while on a routine visit a few days ago, Shah noticed that some of her valuables were missing. She proceeded to inquire about them at home, however no one knew about it, prompting her to lodge a complaint in Powai police station. “Only two women in the household have access to this locker. Mrs Shah and her daughter solely look into the locker’s transactions.
Shah had initially ignored the missing locker contents assuming that her daughter may have withdrawn them. However, upon inquiry with her daughter she realised that she had been robbed,” said a police official. “We have recorded the statements of all the people in the house, only those two have access to the locker. Besides, since only both the complainant and her daughter look after the transactions, other members are unaware of the happenings” added the police.
In addition to their keys to the lockers even a bank key is required. Therefore, police are still trying to understand how the robbery took place. “From 2015, some diamonds, gold ornaments, cash, and around Rs 23 lakh have been stolen. Apart from the two locker keys, the locker does not open, so we are looking into how the thieves may have committed the theft,” said the Investigating officer.
In 2011 a similar incident had taken place at the Opera House in Mumbai. A fake key was used to steal from a locker room. The four accused in the case were arrested after a thorough investigation. The robbers in the aforementioned case were career criminals, having committed multiple robberies. Police are also investigating the probability of this being the handiwork of professional thieves.
“We are also inquiring with the bank staff and a nearby locker holder. We are facing a bit of a difficulty getting access CCTV footage from such a long-time frame, but we are investigating further on the basis of available CCTV footage,” said the Investigating officer.