M'rashtra gang busted, three arrested, one still at large

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Grameen Vikas Bank robbery case reported from Anakapalle on November 6 in which 3.75 kg of gold was looted has turned out to be the handiwork of a four-member inter-state criminal gang from Maharashtra. The Visakhapatnam Rural Police cracked the case on Monday, with the arrest of three members of the gang, while the fourth accused is still at large. The fingerprints of the culprits found at the scene of crime helped cops solve the case.  

The gang had made rigorous planning and conducted a day-long recce before making an attempt to loot the bank. Having failed in their first attempt on November 5, they tried their luck the next day and decamped with 3.75 kg of gold of which the police have already recovered 1.85 kg.  

The accused have been identified as Suresh Kasirao Umak  (54) from Kamalpur in Amaravati district of Maharastra (kingpin), H Gangadhar Goud from Rayachoor district of Karnataka, Sagar Arun Take (27) and Biswaas Gulab Singan, both from Maharastra.

Umak, Goud and Sagar were arrested, while Biswaas is still absconding.
“After five successful bank robberies in Maharastra, Suresh Umak planned another one to make easy money. He teamed up with his friend Biswaas (a driver) and Sagar (a welder) and reached Rayagada in Odisha. Biswaas then roped in his friend Gangadhar, a cable operator, who reached Hyderabad from Karnataka via bus before meeting the rest members of the gang at Rayagada,” said Visakhapatnam Rural SP Rahul Dev Sharma while producing the accused before the media here on Monday.  

The gang members hired a lorry to reach Visakhapatnam and spotted the Grameen Vikas Bank near Kothuru of Anakapalle on the highway. “On November 2, they conducted a day-long recce at the bank to know that the branch does not have any security personnel and it is on the highway with no houses nearby. They decided to loot the bank,” the SP said.  The next day, the gang members, who already had a gas cutter, went to Rajamahendravaram to buy oxygen cylinder, sticks, pipes, gloves and other equipment.

On November 4 (Saturday) evening, they returned to Anakapalle and by the night,  Gangadhar, Sagar and Suresh entered the bank premises. Sagar (welder) cut the windows and Gangadhar (cable operator) cut the power supply to ensure that CCTVs did not work. Suresh tried to open the safe while Biswaas waited in a vehicle outside the bank.

Fingerprints Visakhapatnam: Even as the gang members made a detailed planning before looting the Grameen Vikas Bank in Anakapalle, they left their fingerprints on the premises, which helped the cops crack the case.  H Gangadhar Goud, among the accused, left his fingerprints on some objects on the bank premises during the crime. . “We had sent the fingerprint samples to the CID fingerprint bureau. Gangadhar was involved in several property offences reported from Karnataka. He was also involved in an offence reported in the State a few years ago and his fingerprints were available with the AP CID,” SP Rahul Dev Sharma told TNIE. 

Crime file
Nov 4 night
Gang members made a vain bid to loot the bank  
 Nov 5 night
 The gang succeeded to break open the safe after trying for three and a half hours

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