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Friday, 30 October 2020 2.02 AM IST

Before breaking the bank locker at night, Shybu gave a ‘special task’ to his wife, Police shocked to hear about it

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HARIPAD: The first and second accused in the theft case of four-kilo gold and four lakh rupees from the service cooperative bank near TB junction in Karuvatta came to contact for the first time in jail. The arrested accused are Shybu (39), a native of Kannamangalam and Shibu (43) a native of Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram. The master brain behind the theft and first accused, a Thiruvananthapuram native is still on the run.

The first and second accused came to know each other in Thiruvananthapuram central jail and thus they became partners in the theft attempt also. Earlier, the first accused was arrested in a theft case and the second accused, Shybu was arrested for murdering his neighbour. After serving the jail term, Both of them continued their ties through telephone calls.

Even though they had made certain small-time burglary, they wanted to execute a well planned, large scale theft. From March onwards, they had made plots to execute large scale thefts. They have also visited many banks to choose a suitable one.

The second accused Shybu, after witnessing the rush in the service cooperative bank at Karuvatta informed the first accused about the bank and both of them chose if for the theft. Shibu, a friend of the first accused was employed for stealing a vehicle and for other important assistance. It was Shibu who bought the gas cutter from Marthandam and helped the first accused to steal a car from Kollam. The first accused and Shibu went inside the bank on September 29th and they destroyed the bank locker using the gas cutter.

Meanwhile, Shybu before going for the theft asked his wife to charge the electronic weighing machine, which was needed for weighing the stolen gold. After breaking the bank locker on September 29, the first accused was staying at Shybu’s home. The vehicle used for theft was a Maruti van stolen from Kadakal, near Kollam. After the theft, the vehicle was abandoned in a place near Kadakal.

Therefore no complaints were filed regarding stealing the vehicle. The accused also destroyed CCTV computer and hard disks received from the bank. The trio went inside the bank after breaking the lock of its front door and they left the bank via windows. Police said the theft was carried out via a thorough well-executed plan.

Police sources say that the chief accused has also carried out a similar burglary before also. The theft attempt was done by him alone at a bank in Thiruvananthapuram, but as the bank was opened next day his stealing bid failed. There also he used a gas cutter to break the locker. The chief accused is also involved in four other theft cases.

The gold was divided among the trio and Shybu has sold his gold in a shop at Thiruvananthapuram. He also bought some land in his sister’s name for Rs 36 lakh. Police said that probe is ongoing to find the remaining gold and as of now 1.5 kilos of gold has been discovered.

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TAGS: BANK THEFT CASE, SHYBU, POLICE, SHIBU, MARTHANDAM, BURGLARY, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KANNAMANGALAM, FOUR-KILO GOLD, FOUR LAKH RUPEES, CCTV COMPUTER
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