A housekeeping employee of a private bank in Karaya had spent a night holed up in the washroom of the bank after allegedly lifting gold ornaments worth a few crores from one of the bank’s almirahs, police said on Saturday.
Prabir Halder fled the next morning wearing a helmet after the bank reopened the next morning, the cops added.
Halder has been arrested within days of the bank management lodging a complaint with the police claiming that close to 2.5kg of ornaments were missing.
The police said Halder had entered the bank without a helmet on him. As a housekeeping staff member, he had stayed back after the bank closed for the day on Monday. CCTV footage has revealed Halder walking into the bank’s washroom at night sporting a mask, the cops said.
The next morning a man of similar height and build is seen scampering out of the bank with a helmet on him immediately after one of the staff lifted the shutters, an officer working on the case said.
On Wednesday, a section of the bank staff noticed that some ornaments were missing from one of the almirahs where they were kept.
“We spoke to several staff members of the bank and checked different log books and attendance registers apart from scanning CCTV foot-age,” said a senior officer of the detective department of Calcutta police.
Officers said they were yet to find out from where Halder had managed to get a helmet.
Investigators said there were reasons to believe that some others from the bank, who were aware that the ornaments were kept inside an almirah and not a locker, had possibly aided the accused in lifting the valuable items.