After tricking the wat-chman into opening up the offices of a service station in Mulund, four unidentified armed miscreants robbed Rs 15 lakh in the wee hours of Monday.
The quartet then fled in a Maruti Van.
The incident took place at around 1.30 am at Chheda service station on LBS Marg.
According to the Mulund police, the van drove up to the petrol pump and an unidentified man came out and approached the watchman, Zameendar Roop Narayan Singh (55) was on duty with a request of making urgent phone call.
However, as the pump had closed at 9pm, Singh informed the unknown person that he was not authorised to unlock the office and that he should try other means.
“The man pestered me and pleaded with me for sometime and told me that he had to make urgent calls as one of his friends had met with a serious road accident. Initially I did not listen to his request, but when I saw him pacing up and down the road, believing that he had a genuine problem, I unlocked the office door. Immediately, the person walked in and pretended as if he was making a call,” told Singh, in his police statement.
Assistant commissioner Uttam Chopne of Mulund division said, “Three of them, reportedly, pointed weapons at Singh and overpowered him, while their fourth accomplice broke the locker with a hammer and robbed the money. Singh was left unhurt before the four persons left with the stolen booty”.
Singh immediately informed his employer following which the police reached the spot.
“The stolen cash was the two-day collections at the pump. As the bank was closed on Saturday and Sunday, the cash could not be deposited and so I had kept it in petrol pump office,” said Rahul Chheda, owner of the service station.
Chheda said that Singh has been working at his petrol pump since the past 20 years and this was the first incident that had occurred.
“There is one eye-witness, an auto-rickshaw driver who was in his vehicle which was outside the petrol pump when the incident occurred.
Based on Singh’s description we are making sketch of one of the accused,” Chopne added.
Meanwhile, the Mulund police have booked unidentified persons for robbery and dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt.