PUNE: Five persons, including a woman, have been arrested by sleuths of Crime Branch Unit-4 for robbing Rs 25.61 lakh cash from the staff of a cash management firm in Yamuna Nagar, Nigdi on May 3.
The cash belonged to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and the robbery took place opposite their office. The police have recovered stolen cash worth Rs 13.52 lakh, two cell phones and two motorcycles from the accused.
The accused have been identified as Rahul Waghmare, Mahadev Khapre, both residents of Baner, Suraj Agrawal, a resident of Chinchwad, Sagar alias Bala Khatal, a resident of Janwadi, and Pooja Chavan, a resident of Hadapsar. Beside these five, a minor was also involved in committing the crime.
Waghmare, who was a former employee of Checkmate Company, was aware about cash vans carrying money of various financial firms via Nigdi. He was aware that the maximum cash is from LIC office and then conspired along with his accomplices to loot the cash van.
The incident took place at 1.35 pm on May 3 . Mahesh Ramchandra Patne (54), the custodian and driver Bhausaheb Chakale had gone to collect the cash from the LIC office. While Patne, who was carrying the cash bag, was getting into the van, two men approached him on a two-wheeler. Two others on another bike were standing nearby. One of them tried to snatch the bag. When Patne resisted, one of the accused attacked him with a sharp weapon and snatched the bag, which contained Rs 22.51 lakh of LIC Yamuna Nagar office, Rs 2.78 lakh of LIC Akurdi office and Rs 31,276 of another firm.