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Mumbai: Police from Pune have arrested the main culprit involved in the Rs 12 crore cash heist at ICICI Bank in Thane’s Manpada area after two-and-a-half months, an official said on Wednesday. The police also recovered around ₹ 9 crore from the main accused identified as Altaf Shaikh (43).
While Shaikh was arrested on Monday, police have so far arrested five accused in the case, including his sister Nilobar. Shaikh, a resident of Mumbra, was working as a security guard at ICICI Bank. As a security guard, he was the custodian of the locker keys of the bank. He planned the heist for a year, studied the loopholes in the computer and collected the tools to pull it off,” said a Manbada police station official.
On investigation, the police found that Shaikh planned the entire robbery by enlarging the AC duct and tampering with the CCTV footage to send the money to the dustbin.
“After disabling the alarm system and vandalizing the CCTV, the sheikh opened the bank vault and transferred the money to a pipe and down shirt. The incident came to light after the bank realized security money like CCTVs’ DVRs were missing, prompting its personnel to call a probe team,” the official said.
Sheikh fled after the incident. He would change his appearance and use a burqa to hide his identity. Knowing about Sheikh’s movements, Sheikh’s sister Nilobar hid some money in her house. Police said that he has been booked as a co-accused in the case and has been arrested.
Sheikh was finally arrested in Pune on Monday. Of the ₹ 12.20 crore stolen from the bank, the police recovered Rs 9 crore and the remaining amount would be recovered soon, he said.
Sheikh was arrested in a joint operation by the Thane and Navi Mumbai police. Earlier, the police arrested Neelofar and Abrar Qureshi (33), Ahmed Khan (33) and Anuj Giri (30). The official said that more people are likely to be arrested in the case and further investigation is underway.
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