Pathanapuram: A strange theft from a financial company has been reported here in Kollam district of Kerala. The thieves made a “bid” (prayers) with liquor and betel leaves before taking gold worth Rs 30 lakh and cash for Rs 4 lakh.
The attack took place at ‘Pathanapuram Bankers’, a private financial institution located at Janata Junction in the city of Pathanapuram. Owner Ramachandran Nair claimed in his police report that 100 gold sovereigns were lost and the cash was kept in two lockers.
When inspecting the crime scene, the police found that a ritual was taking place. An image of a deity worshiped by Tamils was placed on three leaves. Nearby were objects such as a small spear with a lime impaled and tied with yellow thread, a bottle of liquor and betel leaves.
“In addition, human hair was scattered throughout the room, with the intent to trick the police dog,” the officer said.
Another mysterious aspect of the crime was a sign on the wall that said in English: “I am dangerous; don’t follow me “.
Although the message was addressed to the police, officers chose to ignore it.
“The bank operated until Saturday afternoon and remained closed on Sunday. The robbery came to light when the owner and staff opened the bank at around 9am on Monday,” a security official said. police.
“It seems that the thieves arrived on the first floor of the three-storey building on the roof. After breaking the iron bars of the main entrance, they forced the door open, ”he added.
“Upon entering the bank, the thieves cut the lockers with a cutter and emptied all the contents,” the officer explained.