Cops in bind as ‘robbers in helmets’ strike gold loan establishments

Three major armed robberies in private establishments that involved robbers wearing motorcycle helmets and jackets remain unsolved despite CCTV footage in all the establishments picking up images of the incidents. The robbers had targeted establishments dealing with gold loans over the last two years. Valuables worth nearly Rs 5 crore were stolen in these incidents. […]

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore | Published: October 11, 2013 5:43:12 am

Three major armed robberies in private establishments that involved robbers wearing motorcycle helmets and jackets remain unsolved despite CCTV footage in all the establishments picking up images of the incidents. The robbers had targeted establishments dealing with gold loans over the last two years. Valuables worth nearly Rs 5 crore were stolen in these incidents.

In all the three cases,two persons arrived on motorcycles wearing helmets,gloves and carrying weapons — an iron rod or a pistol — and threatened the staff before fleeing with a huge booty.

Police,after studying the CCTV footages surmised two different gangs were involved but have not been able get a clear picture of the robbers as their faces were covered with helmets.

One set of robbers are suspected to have targeted jewellery shops of the Chemannur group at Jalahalli and Rajajinagar as the broad description of the suspects by witnesses and from CCTV footage is similar,police sources said. In these two cases the attackers were around six-feet tall,wore helmets,black jackets and hand gloves,held iron rods in their hands,attacked the staff and also sprinkled pepper spray in the air. Both these robberies took place after 7 pm.

The most recent robbery took place on September 13,in the office of India Infoline Finance Limited (IIFL)’s gold loan wing at the first floor of BEML Complex on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Two armed miscreants threatened a security guard and four other staff of the firm at gun point and fled with a huge booty. They also wore jackets,hand gloves,helmets.

After analysing CCTV footage the city police concluded that a gang from Kerala may be involved in the Chemannur robberies while a local gang may be involved in the IIFL case. A senior police officer said all three cases are being investigated by the local jurisdictional police with the help of the Central Crime Branch.

The North division police have formed two squads to solve the September 2012 Rajajinagar Chemmanur Jewellery shop robbery and the December 2011 Jalahalli Chemmanur jewellery shop robbery case. The squad was formed with newly transferred officers. A separate team has been formed to solve the IIFL robbery case as well.

“We suspect a Kerala gang to be behind both robberies at Chemmanur shops and suspect that an another gang which used the help of locals carried out the IIFL robbery. Efforts are on to nab the culprits and will come to whether it was handiwork of single gang or multi gangs. The same modus operandi can be used by different gangs,” an officer said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Hemant Nimbalkar said the local police were investigating all three cases individually.

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