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Cops pin hope on CCTV grabs to crack café loot case

The Colaba police on Thursday said that they have circulated the CCTV grabs of the Sunday’s armed robbery at Café Churchill to their informants in the area and the other police stations in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 19, 2010 10:22 pm

The Colaba police on Thursday said that they have circulated the CCTV grabs of the Sunday’s armed robbery at Café Churchill to their informants in the area and the other police stations in the city. They also said the other eateries in the area have been sensitised about security measures to be followed in the wake of the incident.

As per the Colaba police,two knife-wielding robbers allegedly attacked the cashier at Café Churchill after midnight last Saturday and made away with Rs 20,000 from the cash drawer and Rs 6,000 from the cashier’s pocket.

The incident was captured by the CCTVs cameras installed above the cashier’s desk,which,the police said,was a valuable lead in the case. “The CCTV grab is fairly clear and shows the faces of the duo. We have circulated those images to other police stations as well as to our informants in the area,” said police inspector Deepak Dhole.

“It was all over in five minutes. We don’t suspect this to be an insider’s job as there are CCTVs cameras inside the café too and we would have instantly known if any of our staff was involved,” said Qaid Johar Gandhi,the eatery’s cashier.

Meanwhile,Dhole added,“After the incident,our beat marshals went to other restaurants in the area and told them to be careful and if possible keep security guards that may help prevent such incidents.” However Gandhi said that a security guard manned their entire building and keeping a separate guard for the Café was not feasible.

Incidentally,a couple of days back Additional Commissioner of Police R K Padmanabhan had called a meeting of the representatives of all the commercial outlets frequented by foreigners and expats to sensitise them about security measures to be taken in the wake of recent terror attack in Pune.

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