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Pune cops arrest man, claim to have solved Rs 65 lakh bank heist

The accused, Sachin Ithape, was arrested after an exchange of fire between him and the police team. He led the gang which robbed the Pune District Cooperative Bank on September 6, say police

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 2, 2016 1:21 am

THE LOCAL Crime Branch (LCB) of the Pune police (rural) has claimed to have cracked the case of robbery at the Pune District Central Co-operative (PDCC) Bank’s Rahu branch with the arrest of the accused Sachin Ithape, on Tuesday morning. The robbery took place on September 10 when Rs 65 lakh were stolen from the PDCC locker room.

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The arrest at Chalisgaon, Jalgaon district, was made following an exchange of fire between the police team and Ithape. A team from the LCB, led by Inspector Ram Jadhav, was probing the case under the supervision of Inspector-General Vishwas-Nangre Patil and Superintendent of Pune Police (Rural) Jay Jadhav.

The primary probe revealed that the gang, led by Ithape and Dnyaneshwar Lokare, had executed the robbery. At least four robbers had gagged and tied the security guards of the bank and robbed the cash after cutting a metal wall of the strong room with a gas cutter.

Police got a tip off that Ithape was in Chalisgaon, following which the team reached the spot, behind a petrol pump in Madhavnagar area, at around 8.15 am Tuesday. Spotting the team, Ithape opened fire and did not stop despite being given the opportunity to surrender. PSI Ankush Mane then opened fire in defence and Ithape received an injury on the leg.

He has been put under arrest and currently undergoing treatment. The carbine gun has been recovered from him. Police are looking for the other suspects.

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