Hassan: Thieves drilled into the wall of the Cauvery Grameena Bank and robbed 61 kg of gold and Rs 14.5 lakh in cash on Sunday night January 25.
According to the police, the burglars drilled through the rear wall of the bank, located near Didaga gate on NH 75.
They broke open the strong room, pushed the locker down and broke it using heavy objects, said the police. Moreover they also smashed the CCTV cameras and stole the video footage.
Senior bank and police officials visited the premises on Monday. Forensic and fingerprint analysts collected evidence.
The customers of the bank turned chaotic once the news of the bank robbery spread. It is learnt that more than 800 people had availed gold loan. However Chairman Somashekhar Shastry assured them that the bank had been insured.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravi D Channanna said an attempt was made to break into the bank seven months ago, following which bank officials were briefed on security requirements. However, the bank did not have a guard on duty at the time of the incident.
Six teams are out to track down the burglars, Channanna said. The police have registered a case.
It may be recalled that on January 13 robbers drilled into the wall of a jewellery shop in Muneshwara Block, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bengaluru and made away with five KG of silver and 500 gm of gold ornaments, together worth Rs 25 lakh. The burglars drilled a hole of about one-and-half feet into the building where the shop is located and went in. They also destroyed CCTV cameras installed inside, the police said.
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