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Another bank robbed with toy gun
Published on 14 Sep. 2008 12:45 AM IST
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In another sensational strike, the two men who had used a toy gun to loot Rs 4.8 lakh from a Canara Bank branch in Sector 63 on Thursday, robbed the State Bank of India branch on Friday afternoon, making off with Rs 10.8 lakh in cash. Once again, they used a toy gun for the heist. Police said the same duo was involved in both incidents. Apart from the modus operandi, eyewitness accounts of the robbers’ appearance also match. On Friday, they used the toy pistol to snatch the bank guard’s gun and threaten the 14 employees into handing over all the cash, which they put in two polyethylene bags before escaping. About the only difference was that the duo did not wear helmets on Friday, apparently encouraged by the successful strike at Canara Bank. Revealing this, Noida city police chief Ashok Tripathi said, “This time they did not leave their ‘pistol’ behind. But their gun was fake since a ‘pellet’ that fell from it belongs to standard toy pistols.” The robbers seem to have carefully selected their targets - possibly guided by some bank employees - since both the robbed banks did not have a working alarm system, Tripathi said. Police said the two men went to the Sector 12 branch of SBI, which had opened only in July. It was 4.30pm and the bank was closed for the public. “They sweet-talked the armed guard, Suraj Bhan, into letting them in on the pretext of opening an account,” said a police official. “As the guard accompanied them in, the two snatched his gun and, flashing their toy pistol, rounded up the bank staff. Between the cashier and two other officials at their counters, there was Rs 10.8 lakh cash being counted. The duo took all the money.”

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