Rs 40M, gold jewellery heist in Gampaha – Police
By Keerthi Mendis, M.C. Perera, Tony K. Athukorale and Thilak Priyadharshana
A top Police Officer said both robbers who got away with gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 40 million from a financial institution in Miriswatta, Gampaha, were involved in other robberies during the past one-and-a-half months.
The robbers were identified on reviewing CCTV footage. The Officer said the suspects robbed a textile shop in Talangama, a vehicle spare parts shop in Homagama, a liquor shop in Maharagama, a pharmacy in Delkanda and a supermarket in Wattala.
CCTV footage shows the thieves wearing the same jackets and helmets on every occasion they were involved in the robberies. Meanwhile, they had stolen the number plate from a motorbike in Wattala, before the heist in Homagama. This was confirmed after reviewing footage of robberies in Colombo, Kelaniya and Homagama.
On 16 January, at about 2:10 p.m., two individuals wearing black headgear, helmets, and black jackets entered a financial institution in Miriswatta and questioned its employees, robbed cash and gold jewellery at gunpoint, and fled the scene.
Officers of the Gampaha Crimes Investigation Division said they seem to be an experienced duo. Police said they were studying footage of similar incidents and focusing on those released from prison recently.
It was found that the duo had grouped the employees, intimidated them, collected their mobile phones and put the stolen items in a red bag and fled the scene on a motorbike.
The two robbers fled towards Oruthota Road in Gampaha and they were on a black Pulsar Motorcycle, Police said. Five special Police teams have been deployed to arrest them.
Further investigations are being conducted by the Gampaha Crimes Investigation Unit and Gampaha Division Intelligence Unit on the instructions of Gampaha Division SSP, Indika de Silva and Western Province (South) DIG Damayantha Vijaya Sri, under the supervision of Western Province Senior DIG, Deshabandu Tennakoon.
Any information regarding the robbers could be given to the Western Province (South) Crimes Division on 011 280 9077.