In a shocking incident unidentified men managed to break into Punjab National Bank (PNB), Trichy and decamped with gold and cash kept in lockers. The incident came to light when bank officials reported for duty this morning. The loss is estimated to the tune of Rs five crores. According to sources, the incident took place at the Samayapuram branch at No-1 Toll Gate. The robbers drilled holes on five lockers used for safe keeping customers cash and gold.
The robbers took advantage of the two-day bank holiday, they entered a school located behind the bank and broke a portion of the wall with a hammer easily gaining an entry. The security alarm of the bank did not go off. Police stated that the robbers could have disable the system by cutting the public supply.
However, Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, V Varadaraju addressed the media and said that the robbers touched only the lockers belonging to few customers and the main reserve locker of the bank was not tampered. Police have collected CCTV visuals of the incident from the spot. As per reports, a hammer and a gas welding equipment allegedly used to drill open the lockers have been found from the spot.
It maybe noted that in 2013, nearly 25 lakhs from the same bank was robbed. Further inquiries are being conducted by a special team of police.