The Malad police are trying to get a clear picture of two out of the four persons, who decamped with Rs 31 lakh, at gunpoint, from a Malad-based bank on Monday.
Images of two of the accused had been captured by the CCTV cameras while they were covering their faces with a handkerchief, the police said.
The Model Cooperative Bank Ltd is a small bank with only Rs 15-20 lakh cash balance on a weekday. However, Monday being the first working day of the week and many business transactions taking place, the balance increases to Rs 25-30 lakh. Police suspect that the accused were aware of this and so decided to strike on Monday.
In his statement, the main witness told the police, that he had arrived at the bank around 4.30 pm and noticed a silver Honda Unicorn parked outside.
When he entered the bank, he was pulled and locked in the manager’s room where other customers and bank employees were confined. After the four accused left with the cash, the silver Honda Unicorn was missing.
“At least one out of the four accused is a proficient criminal as the robbery was well planned,” said Police Inspector D. Phatangare of Malad police station.
While one accused kept a watch on the entrance, the others took the cell phones of the customers and bank employees. The disconnected the telephone lines to ensure that the hostages did not contact anyone.
The accused took the cashier, at gunpoint, to the vault located underground and ran away with the money, the police said.