An unidentified person broke into the Dadar branch of Dena Bank on Sunday afternoon and made away with at least Rs29.22 lakh cash after opening the door and the safe with duplicate keys. The branch was burgled of Rs20.4 lakh in a similar fashion in 2006; the case remains unsolved.
The police suspect insider help as the accused appeared well-versed with the premises and had covered his face to avoid detection by the CCTV cameras installed at the bank.
The incident took place at around 4pm in the four-storeyed Navprabhat building located at Ranade Road in Dadar (West), where Dena Bank’s branch occupies the ground and first floor.
CCTV footage shows the accused, who was “covered in a plastic sheet from head to toe”, entering the bank from the first floor entrance using two duplicate keys, said Suresh Unawne, senior inspector of Shivaji Park police station.
The accused then used another set of keys to open the safe, and walked away with Rs29.22 lakh cash. “The main locker requires three keys to open. The accused had five duplicate keys to enter the bank and open the locker.”
“The security guard of the bank was not present as it was closed on Sunday and he was allowed leave,” Unawne said. The building watchman did not see anyone suspicious, since several labourers were going in and out of the building, where work of laying tiles in the compound had begun that day.