Mangaluru: In two separate incidents, large amounts of cash withdrawn from banks were stolen from parked two-wheelers in broad daylight on Friday.
A woman working for a private firm at Kottara cross encashed a cheque for Rs 1.44 lakh from the Gandhinagar branch of Canara Bank around noon. Before entering the office, she stopped over her scooter at a next-door shop to buy a few things for home.
By the time she returned, the money kept in the compartment of the scooter was missing. A complaint has been filed in the Urwa police station.
In the second instance, Umanath Devadiga, an employee of Kalbavi Cashew in Bunder, withdrew a sum of Rs 1.50 lakh from the Dongerkery branch of Karnataka Bank. On the way to the office, he parked his scooter in front of a restaurant in the crowded Juma Masjid Road to have tea.
When he returned, to his utter shock, the cash kept in the box was missing. A case has been registered in the Bunder police station.
Both the incidents involved two employees of their respective firms taking the amounts to their offices. Hence the police suspect that a gang could be operating in the city. They could have a network of informers who keep a watch on persons withdrawing amounts from banks.
After making such withdrawals from banks, the public have been advised to keep an eye on people around and handle the cash with discretion and more care.