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3 who stole Rs 16,700 in one rupee coins from Mumbai bank held

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Three persons were arrested for allegedly stealing Rs 16,700 in one coins from Dena Bank's branch in the metropolis, police said Tuesday.

The theft took place in the intervening night of February 1-2 and the arrests were made on Monday, an said.

The thieves entered the through a toilet window and went about the crime after the main accused, identified as Kashinath Vasant Pendharkar, switched off electricity supply, leading to CCTV cameras there going blank, he said.

"Their attempts to enter the bank's strong room was unsuccessful after which they sneaked away with a bag of one coins kept close by," the said.

A police complaint was lodged the next morning by the bank's after the theft came to light, he added.

Probe into the case included surveilling several people with past records of theft to find out about criminals with a similar modus operandi, he said.

"We soon zeroed in on Pendharkar, a resident of Navi Mumbai, who was picked up Monday night from . His questioning led to the recovery of Rs 15,000. He revealed the names of three of his aides in the crime," he said.

"Of the three, Chetan Ghaitadke and Aniket Singh have been arrested while Prasanna Bandre fled with the remaining of the loot," the said.

A case has been registered under sections 454 (house breaking), 457 (house breaking by night) and 380 (committing theft in any building) of the Indian Penal Code, he said.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:16 IST