News Flash – 26 December 2019

National News



When Neighbours Turn Robbers: Cops Arrest Bihar Gang from Bypass Flat


Kolkata: They had come to the city about two months ago and initially, put up at a house at Gulshan Colony in Panchanangram near Science City. A few days later, they booked a flat in Anandapur and also started hiring cars online. By the time Kolkata Police nabbed a gang of six robbers, all Bihar residents, on Tuesday night, they had already created a stir, having targeted around half a dozen jewellery shops around the E M Bypass and Behala. The gang’s attempts did not become successful at all places due to the alertness of police and locals. The six men used to move suspiciously in a car several times on the EM Bypass and this was enough for cops to be suspicious about them. “The gang used to operate only at night and target smaller jewellery shops. In all their burglary attempts, padlocks were either found broken or partially damaged. But they could not commit the crime as the locals woke up. During a raid on Tuesday night, they finally landed in our net. We nabbed all the six members of the gang, residents of East Champaran and Motihari districts in Bihar,” said joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma. Police said they had come to know about the gang during a special anti-crime patrolling organized on the Bypass. They recovered some broken padlocks, shutter interlocks, switch boards, key-making instruments and house-breaking devices from the accused. “We believe the gang was also involved in some crimes committed at Garia, Sonarpur and Narendrapur areas,” said police. In a separate case pertaining to Rs 30,000 theft on December 23, cops arrested Md. Azhar from Tiljala on Wednesday. Cops suspect that Azhar might have a link with the Bihar gang.



Key Suspects Behind Rs.17L Robbery Bid Held



Chennai: Police have solved the Rs.17.91 lakhs robbery case reported on December 12 by arresting seven suspects from a hideout in the city on Tuesday. Police had earlier detained Thamim Ansari and Mohamed Azar. Based on their confession, key suspects Jaffer and his accomplice Mohamed Farzad and other suspects Suresh, Ramesh, Giridharan, Vadivel and Parthiban were arrested. After investigation, police said that Jaffer colluded with Thamim Ansari and Mohamed Azar to hatch a plan to rob Aneesh. The incident happened on the night of December 12 when the employee of a forex firm in Parry’s Corner was on his way to his boss Aneesh’s house in Royapettah with Rs.17.91 lakhs. He was attacked by a 10-member gang who intercepted the victim on Moore street, but the gang fled with the wrong bag, while the bag containing cash fell on the roadside. A pedestrian noticed the bag and handed it over to North Beach police who launched a hunt for the suspects with the help of CCTV camera footage retrieved from Moore street. Thamim Ansari and Mohamed Azar had kept a watch on Aneesh’s movements for more than a month. “The duo informed Jaffer about Aneesh’s employee Mohammed Abubakar Siddique stepping out with cash and Jaffer and his gang members waited for him on Moore street,” said a senior police official.



International News



120 Houses Gutted in Chile Wildfires


Chile: Wildfires raging across the coastal Chilean city of Valparaiso have destroyed 120 houses, prompting a mass evacuation, officials said on Wednesday. Valparaiso, in central Chile, is a popular tourist destination in South America. Valparaiso mayor Jorge Sharp claimed that the fires had been started ‘intentionally’. There have been no reports of any casualties. Wildfires have affected parts of Valparaiso several times in the last month as Chile contends with its worst drought on record.



Bank Robber Throws Cash in Air Shouting ‘Merry Christmas’

David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested in Colorado Springs.



Denver: A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, “Merry Christmas” to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday. David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested at a nearby Starbucks coffee shop after he held up the Academy Bank in Colorado Springs on Monday, according to a police report. Police said the suspect had “threatened the use of a weapon” and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. A police spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment, but local TV station KKTV reported that eyewitness Dion Pascale recounted Oliver stepped outside the bank and tossed the money “all over the place”. Pascale said bystanders retrieved some of the money and returned it to the bank as Oliver walked to the Starbucks and appeared to be waiting for police, KKTV said. Denver Post quoted police as saying “thousands of dollars” remained unaccounted for.

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