Karachi: Bank robbers walk away Rs3.7m richer after 8 minutes
KARACHI: Eight minutes was all it took for five robbers to make away with Rs3.7 million from a bank in the Badar Commercial Area in Defence Phase V on Friday, and that too in broad daylight. The heist took place in Summit Bank at about 10am within the Darakhshan police remits. It was found during preliminary investigations that the five robbers, wearing shalwar kameez, overpowered the two guards outside the bank before they could respond and snatched their repeaters. Then they barged into the bank and tried to deactivate the DVR cable. They took the bank staff and customers hostage at gunpoint and took the cashier to the vault, also called storm-room, where they bagged Rs3.7 million in cash.
SP Dr Farrukh of the Saddar Range told The News that before leaving the bank, the robbers threw away the repeaters after using up the bullets inside and escaped in a black Corolla. The police official blamed the negligence of the security guards for the robbery. A new standard operating procedure (SOP) was recently issued to all banks in the city. According to the SOP, the banks were supposed to ensure that during banking hours, one guard stood outside the bank and allowed customers in after thoroughly checking them and another guard remained alert at the check-point established within the bank.
In the case of Friday’s bank robbery, both guards were standing outside and busy talking to each other. “There was also negligence on part of the bank staff, most probably the cashier and the bank manager, who had the keys of the storm-room,” the SP said.
“On Friday morning, they opened the locker for cash and left it open. That helped the robbers commit the crime within a few minutes and escape.”The police also called in forensic experts to collect evidence from the crime scene. The money robbed from the bank was insured. A case was filed and further investigations were under way.