- Indian businessman rob two banks taking inspiration from YouTube videos
- The 25 year old wanted to recover losses suffered during the lockdown
- Bank of India and the Indian Overseas Bank were robbed
Getting inspired from YouTube videos, a 25 year old readymade clothes seller robber two banks for Rs 12 lakh in Bhubaneswar in an attempt to recover the losses suffered during the lockdown in the country, said the police.
The accused in the bank robbery has been identified as Soumyaranjan Jena (25) who goes by the alias of Tulu, from Tangibanta village on the outskirts of the city.
He had robbed Indian Overseas Bank and Bank of India last month using toy guns for the robbery, and has been arrested, the police said.
While addressing the media, S Sarangi, Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, said that the accused, who is a readymade clothes seller, had taken loans from both of these banks and was in financial stress owing to the lockdown imposed in the country to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
The police commissioner, during the press conference said, “He wanted to recoup losses suffered during the lockdown and robbed two banks of ₹12 lakh in Bhubaneswar. He looted the Indian Overseas Bank, near Infocity area on September 7, and the Bank of India’s Barimunda branch in Mancheswar area on September 28.”
The Police Commissioner added, “He got the idea of robbing bank while watching YouTube videos and used a toy gun to rob the two banks. Police recovered cash amounting to over ₹10 lakh and seized the vehicle and the toy gun used in the robbery,”.
Jena had allegedly barged into the bank wearing a helmet when few staff members were present and asked them to hand over the cash.
Sarangi added, “The accused has accounts in both the banks and had taken a loan of nearly ₹19 lakh and already paid 6 lakhs to the bank. He was arrested when he went to deposit ₹60,000 from the looted money. He assumed that if he will deposit small amounts of cash nobody will doubt him,”.