The police suspect that the same gang of robbers who robbed Model Cooperative Bank Limited in Malad (West) may be involved in Monday’s Borivli bank robbery.
On June 21, four armed men looted Rs 34 lakh from the Malad bank.
On Monday, five armed men barged into HDFC Bank’s Shimpoli branch and escaped with Rs 27.5 lakh.
After scrutinising the CCTV footages of the Malad bank and the HDFC Bank, the police suspect that the same gang could be involved in both robberies.
In the HDFC bank robbery there was an addition to the gang, said the police.
A crime branch official said the body language and modus operandi of the two gangs seem similar.
Both the robberies were carried out on Monday, the first day of the week when the banks have more cash.
“On Monday, banks have more cash as people tend to withdraw cash for weekly transaction. The gang was aware of this,” said a police official requesting anonymity.
On Monday, the zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police Shardha Nikam had said the two gangs appeared to be different and there was no similarity in the way they operated.
However, on Tuesday, Police Inspector D. Phatangare of Malad police station said: “Initially we thought that the gangs were different. But it is too premature to comment on it now. The CCTV images of the gang in the Malad bank robbery are too blurred. Unless, the gang is arrested it would be difficult to ascertain the truth.”
“Both robberies were well planned and carried out without a single round being fired, though the men were armed. Their body language signified that they were confident,” said a crime branch officer.
Additional Commissioner of Police (north region) Ramrao Pawar said: “After the bank robbery at Malad, we instructed the bank officials on how to upgrade their security systems. But they do not pay take note of our instructions which eventually leads to such incidents.”
The police met banks officials in their areas and asked them to install CCTV cameras outside the premises too.