The police say that the motorbike on which two of the three men, who carried out the armed robbery at Saraswat Bank on Monday, could be one seized by them later in the day.
The registration number of the bike had been noted down by one of the customers who ran out when the duo was leaving on the bike.
He managed to note down part of the number (MH 02…6550), but could not quite see the two letters before the four digits.
The witness told the police that the vehicle on which the duo had fled was a black Bajaj Pulsar.
The police flashed the number to all their units and within a few hours a bike with a similar registration number was discovered from a garage in Charkop.
“An employee in the garage called police officials and informed them about a bike with a similar registration number (MH 02 BU 6550), a Yamaha bike,” Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region), said.
Incidentally, the owner of the bike had approached the garage on Monday morning and asked the mechanics to take care of the vehicle and that he would be back in a while.
“The man to whom the seized bike belongs is a regular customer. We do not know if the vehicle used is the same and was used in the crime, but there are far too many coincidences concerning the number plate and time at which he approached the garage,” a police official said.
“So far the owner of the bike has not come forward to claim the vehicle,” Pawar added.