Pune: Bike-Borne Robbers Target Eatery Owner, Snatch Rs 3 Lakh On East Street In Camp

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Camp, 24th December 2023: In a brazen daylight attack, two assailants on a motorcycle targeted a 61-year-old eatery owner, Virendra Kapoor, in front of George restaurant on East Street in Camp around 2:30 pm on Friday. The attackers brandished a sharp weapon, inflicting minor injuries on Kapoor, and fled with his bag containing Rs 3 lakh.

Senior Inspector Dashrath Patil of the Lashkar police station provided details on the incident, stating that Kapoor, a resident of Wanowrie and proprietor of an eatery in Kamshet, was treated for his injuries at Sassoon General Hospital and subsequently discharged.

Earlier that day, Kapoor, accompanied by two friends, had withdrawn Rs3 lakh in Rs50 currency notes from the State Bank of India’s treasury branch near the district collector’s office. The trio then proceeded to George restaurant in Kapoor’s SUV for lunch.

As they exited the restaurant, the attackers struck. Patil explained, “The two assailants, following Kapoor’s SUV from the bank to the restaurant, seized the opportunity when Kapoor was walking towards his vehicle, slightly ahead of his friends.” One of the attackers disembarked, assaulting Kapoor from behind and forcefully pushing him to the ground. The pillion rider swiftly grabbed the bag before fleeing towards Khanya Maruti Chowk, Pulgate.

Despite Kapoor’s attempts to raise an alarm, the assailants managed a speedy getaway. Patil revealed, “Kapoor and his friends intended to pursue the robbers in the SUV, but discovered one of its rear tires was deflated.”

CCTV footage analysis confirmed that the attackers had been tailing Kapoor’s SUV along Ambedkar Road, waiting for the opportune moment to strike. Patil described the assailants, with one wearing a helmet and the pillion rider donning a dark blue shirt and denims. They sped towards Pulgate, and unfortunately, there are no CCTV cameras ahead of the Mahatma Gandhi bus stand.

Senior Inspector Patil assured that the police have shared the footage with all city police stations and informers to establish the suspects’ identity. Additionally, they are cross-referencing with known criminals involved in robbery cases with a similar modus operandi.

An armed robbery case has been officially registered, and the Pune police crime branch is conducting parallel investigations to bring the culprits to justice.