Banks robberies in the current century have become tales reserved for screenplays for television and films. But Maharashtra which also houses the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai has a different story to share as it saw a robbery happen in a public bank over the weekend. A Bank of Baroda branch in Navi Mumbai was in for a surprise when they unlocked their doors on Monday.
The Juinagar branch in Navi Mumbai reported a robbery to the police when 27 of its lockers were found broken by a bank personnel and a customer. The discovery was made when a customer went to deposit items in his locker in early banking hours. The floor of the locker room had a tunnel which lead to a shop next door. The smart robbers seemed to have pulled off a Shawshank Redemption stunt with the clever hole in the ground plan.
Police is yet to ascertain the time of the robbery as they speculate it happened over the weekend when the bank was shut on both Saturday and Sunday.
“The culprits made a tunnel from the adjacent gaala [shop] and entered the locker room. They stole cash and jewellery, and made their escape through the tunnel,” a police officer from Sanpada police station told Hindustan Times.
While details are awaited for the extent of the robbery and the estimation of goods stolen, police claim it was primarily gold jewelry taken by the robbers. For the first people to discover the robbery, it was the shock of their life.