A 35-year-old woman working as a sweeper with a bank was arrested on Tuesday for stealing Rs. 10 lakh, which were lying unattended at the cash counter.
Sunita Pawar, who was working at the South Indian Bank for three years, told the police she was reeling under debt and was tempted to steal the money.
On Tuesday, Pawar reported for duty shortly before 9am. As she went about her work, she saw wads of cash lying unattended at the cashier’s desk. Tempted, she dumped the cash in her sweeping bag and left at around 9.30am. The loss was discovered soon thereafter and the police were sent for.
Investigators reviewed footage from closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in the bank, which showed Pawar stealing the cash.
A team from Ghatkopar police was sent to Pawar’s residence in Golibar Road, from where they recovered the stolen booty. Pawar was arrested for theft.
During questioning, the woman said she was reeling under debt and was tempted by the cash. She said her husband was jobless, and they needed money to clear off their debts and marry off their youngest daughter.
Police also questioned Sumesh Kutty Nair, the cashier, who said he forgot to deposit the cash in the safe and left it at the desk.