PATNA/BIHARSHARIF: A sum of around Rs 12 lakh was stolen from Balaji Fuels, located at Jogibaba Chowk under the Jandaha police station area in Vaishali district on Wednesday.
Police investigation revealed Pappu Rai, an employee of the petrol pump, stole the money in connivance with three associates before the outlet opened on Wednesday morning for daily operation.
Jandaha police station SHO Om Prakash said Pappu would sleep inside the pump and had the keys of the shutter of the administrative building where the money was kept by owner Rakesh Kumar.
“Pappu’s friends reached the pump around 1.30am. They took out the money and the digital video recorder (DVR) of CCTV installed on the premises,” the SHO said, adding the trio left with the money and DVR while Pappu stayed back.
The SHO said police recovered Rs 11,000 hidden in a heap of sand on the petrol pump premises and interrogated Pappu. He confessed to his involvement in the crime, the officer said and added raids were on to recover the money and arrest Pappu’s associates.
In another incident, four bike-borne miscreants looted Rs 5 lakh from Pramod Kumar when he was going to a bank to deposit the money. The crime took place at Ramchandrapur at Biharsharif in Nalanda district on Wednesday.
Kumar is the manager of Laxmi Petrol Pump located on Patna-Ranchi road under the Laheri police station area in Nalanda.
Biharsharif SDPO Nishit Priya said raids were on to nab the criminals.