Four days after two thieves robbed Rs 19 lakh from a van while an ATM was being refilled at Lady Jamshedji Road in Mahim, there has been no breakthrough in the case.
The police said they have shown the woman eyewitness photos of all the robbers and criminals who are on the police record, but she has been unable to identify any one out of those.
On Wednesday, employees of the Securitrance India Pvt Ltd had gone to refill the ATM counter of Bank of Maharashtra, at Mahim (West).
Two guards went to refill the machine and the driver Akhilesh Yadav was standing near the car when one of the robbers approached the security guard of the van on the pretext of asking for directions while the other ran away with the metal trunk that was in the van.
To divert the third security guard’s attention, the robbers dropped Rs 10 notes around the van and when he started picking them up they ran away with the cash.
Balasaheb Pawar, senior police inspector of the Mahim police station, said they now
suspect that the robbers were not from Mahim or nearby areas.
“We detained more than 70 people who have a record of robbery and theft from the area but the woman has not been able to identify any one out of them. We suspect that the robbers were outsiders who had planned this robbery,” said Pawar.
The officers investigating the case also said that they had recorded the statement of the employees of the Securitrance India, Surendra Jadhav and Pintu Yadhav asking why did they not shut the door of the Maruti Omni van while loading the cash.
“We would now investigate whether the negligence was intended,” Pawar added.