Grinder used in gold heist at Wennappuwa Rural Bank
Police said that investigations are underway based on many important details regarding the theft of gold worth nearly Rs. 70 million by cutting the safe of Angampitiya Rural Bank at Wennappuwa, Bolawatta junction.
The officer said that preliminary investigations have shown that the theft had been carried out by an outsider. 225 types of gold items that had been taken as mortgages and deposited in the safe of the rural bank have been stolen. Police said that the weight of the gold items is 447 soveriegns and the value is Rs.68,838,000.
After closing the rural bank on September 27 at 1.45 pm, it had re-opened on September 30 at around 8.30 am. It was then that the manageress had seen that the safe had been cut and that gold items in several parts of the safe had been stolen. She had reported the theft to the police at that moment. Accordingly, during the investigations conducted by Police, it had been revealed that the theft had been committed by opening a window of the rural bank, cutting the security iron cover with a grinder and breaking into the safe. Police said that the person who committed this theft had also taken away the DVR machine of the Rural Bank’s security camera system.
Police said the manner in which the safe had been cut, it appears that this had been done by someone well experienced in cutting safes and handling grinders.
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