Four out of the 10 involved in the June 23 heist arrested, say police
The gang of robbers who stole 24 Walton refrigerators and 5 LED TVs from a Walton pickup van on June 23 unloaded the stolen goods across Dhaka the same night, police have said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have arrested four out of the 10 involved in the robbery. DMP also recovered 18 of the refrigerators and three of the TVs.
The stolen goods were recovered from Dhaka’s Keraniganj, Mymensingh, Ashulia, and Savar.
DMP Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Harun-Ur-Rashid revealed details of the robbery at a press conference on Sunday.
At night on June 23, the pickup van was parked by showroom in Panthapath after the goods were loaded for delivery to a dealer in Kishorganj. The driver had loaded the van along with a helper after showroom staff had handed over the goods and left.
The robbers pulled up by the pickup van in one of their own and held up the driver and helper with machetes just as they were about to leave. The robbers then took both vans around Dhaka, dropping off the refrigerators at various points from midnight until dawn.
Handovers to third parties were made very quickly.
The day after the robbery, Rana Mia, manager of the showroom, lodged a case with Sher-e-Bangla police station.
The first arrest was made on July 1, when Robiul Islam was picked up from Mohammadpur. He was tracked down with the help of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.
Based on information from Robiul’s interrogation, Somon, Rana and Shathi were arrested on July 4.
In his confession statement, Robiul said they are members of an inter-district robbery gang. They had met in Kashimpur jail and devised a plan to loot the showroom.