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Bank burglary: Leaving gas cylinders, transferring money to wife led to arrest

New Delhi: Don't leave your cooking gas cylinders at the crime spot! Outer Delhi police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the burglary case of a bank in Mundka area, where more than Rs 27 lakhs were burgled by unidentified persons on December 18, last year.
DCP (Outer) MN Tiwari said they had formed a team of Special Staff of Outer District along with police station staff of Mundka to crack the case. Many raids were conducted inside and outside the Delhi. "During the course of the investigation, it was revealed from Bahadurgarh, Haryana that the gas cylinders used in the commission of offence were sold/purchased from the shop in Moti Nagar," said the DCP. Police further claimed that the team visited the shop from where accused persons had purchased or sold the gas cylinders.
Police have arrested three persons in this regard. They were identified as Raj Kumar Joshi (41), Vikas Thapa (29) and Ramesh (30).
On December 18, a State Cooperative Bank branch at Mundka was burgled by making a hole on the side wall of the bank. While inspecting the crime, it was found that CCTV camera cables, DVR, computer network cables, security alarms were cut and locks of all the doors leading to the locker room were broken.
"According to complainant Rs. 27,50,684 cash, mortgaged documents related to loans and around 15 Bank lockers of different customers were found broken," police said.
"We got an information that one of the accused persons who committed the offence is residing at Farm House in Safiabad Road, Narela. It was also revealed that they transferred Rs. 60,900 into the account of one Laxmi who is the wife of one of the accused," police said. Hence, a trap was laid down at the instance of an informer and accused was nabbed successfully and he was identified as Raj Kumar Joshi. He also admitted the crime during interrogation. Accused stated that he with his other associates had planned the incident and they were aware about the topography of the bank. They have done a recee before the incident.
Police said Vikas Thapa used to assist Joshi in providing new mobile SIM card numbers and mobile phones. After executing the night burglary he sold some portion of the gold to one goldsmith named Ramesh for an amount of Rs 1,40,300. The accused wanted to flee Delhi but were arrested.
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