Day after driver fled with van containing Rs 1.37 crore cash, police recover vehicle with Rs 45 lakh

Dominic fled with the van containing Rs 1.37 crore cash when the guard went to the toilet.

In a daring heist, the driver of a cash van which carrying money worth Rs 1.37 crore fled in broad daylight in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The new Rs 2,000 notes along with Rs 100 notes were among the ones collected from the two different banks in the city.

The vehicle was found on Thursday abandoned in Vasanth Nagar locality of the city. However, the police officials could only recover Rs 45 lakh and a gun from the van. The search for the missing driver has begun and an investigation is underway.

The incident occurred on Wednesday around 2-3 pm when Dominic, drove the van away when two bank employees accompanying him went inside the bank branch at KG Road, and the guard got down from the van. Dominic, a driver employed with a logistics firm, seized the opportunity and decamped with the cash.

The logistics firm which supplies cash through vans to banks and ATMs had hired Dominic on November 1.

Acting on a complaint filed by the logistics firm, the police had registered an FIR with the Upperpet police station in the city. The cops also raided Dominic’s house but nothing was found. Four teams have been formed by the Bengaluru police and hunt for the driver is underway.

As per reports, the cash van did not have a GPS facility. Ever since the Modi government announced the introduction of new Rs 2,000 and 500 notes in its latest demonetisation move, long queues outside the banks and ATMs have become the order of the day.