Warning alarm averts bank robbery in Ochira

Warning alarm averts bank robbery in Ochira
(Right) The broken window of the South Indian Bank.

Ochira (Kollam): A robbery attempt at the Ochira branch of the South Indian bank at 2.40 am on Monday was foiled when the warning alarm went off. The robber, who entered the bank by cutting the grills of a window, panicked hearing its sound and fled from the scene leaving his mobile phone behind. Moreover, the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in the bank captured his image.

The sound of the alarm was also heard by Shaji, a security guard on duty at a nearby building, and he informed the police.

The police said that officials at the central CCTV unit of the bank in Kochi had noticed the robber and had switched on the alarm at the Ochira branch. A police team rushed to the spot after learning about the break-in but the robber escaped through the window.

Five months ago, a similar theft was carried out at the Supplyco Labham supermarket right opposite the bank. 

A special team was formed by Ochira circle inspector of police R Prakash to investigate the crime and Puthenveettil Anil (25) of Krishnapuram Vayal was soon arrested. According to the police, Anil had visited the bank one week ago along with his girlfriend as part of the preparations to carry out the robbery.

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