A group of men broke into a north Delhi bank and attempted to burgle it on Friday, police said. The alleged incident was reported just a day after armed robbers fled with Rs. 5.25 crore from a bank in the south of Capital.
The botched-up burglary attempt took place at a State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Sarai Rohilla late on Friday and was discovered by the bank’s employees at least eight hours later.
"We were approached by the bank’s manager around 9.15am. He told us that someone had broken into the building by demolishing a small portion of the wall located at its rear," said a senior police officer.
Policemen noticed a cavity large enough to allow passage into the bank’s safe room that had apparently been created by hammers. Footage from closed-circuit TV cameras revealed that three-four people had sneaked in around 1am.
"The robbers could be seen trying to unlock an ATM (automated teller machine) inside the bank — but failing since they didn’t seem to know the access code. They also damaged the ATM in their attempt to break it. Four of the five CCTV cameras installed inside the bank were found damaged later," said the officer.
Police said the robbers had also cut the wires of four CCTV cameras. However, the group could not locate the fifth camera, which was able to capture their faces. A case of burglary has been registered and investigations are underway.