ID card helps nail burglars in bank fire case

An identity card they gave to a private bank to encash a stolen cheque helped Delhi Police solve the case of burglars.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 15:41 PM IST

New Delhi: An identity card they gave to a private bank to encash a stolen cheque helped Delhi Police solve the case of burglars setting a bank on fire after they could not break open its lockers.

Two youths -- Tushar and Dushyant -- were arrested on Saturday for allegedly setting on fire a cooperative bank in Outer Delhi`s Alipur on November one after they failed to break open the lockers and get hold of cash and jewellery.

The duo had entered the bank in early morning hours by removing a stone slab of the roof after scaling the wall. They allegedly burnt CCTVs installed inside the bank, stole computer RAMs and blank cheques submitted by those who took loans before setting the bank on fire in anger.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Chhaya Sharma, the arrests came after one Laxmi Devi approached a private bank when she was informed through a text message that Rs 10,000 was withdrawn from her account.

"It was the identity card given by one of the accused to the bank that helped us catch them," Sharma said.

When one of the accused approached the bank with the cheque, she said, they told the person that he has to provide them with his identity-proof as the cheque did not have the signature of the account holder on its backside.
"This was a good thing that the bank did. This helped us in nabbing the duo," she said.

PTI