In a day light robbery, ten million rupees were robbed by a group led by a person disguised as a traffic policeman in the Gangaramaya area in Slave Island this evening, police said.
The victim who is a money exchanger had gone to the Sampath Bank in Slave Island to exchange foreign currency belonging to his clients at around 12.00 noon.
While turning the van he was travelling with his wife towards the Gangaramaya Temple area, a person disguised as a traffic policeman had ordered them to stop the van.
Within minutes a defender had come and parked it in front of the van. Four men had got down from the vehicle and pulled away the driver from his seat.
The four men had got into the van with the person dressed as a policeman. After leaving the van driver they had fled towards Pitakotte where he was thrown out of the van.
According to the victim, the suspects had shouted at him and told him that ‘if you want the van come to Peliyagoda and collect it’.
He then went to the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) at around 3.00pm and informed the police about the incident by making a complaint.
Few hours later the van was found abandoned in the Dematagoda area and it is believed that the suspects had fled towards Kelaniya.
The CCD has deployed a team to track down the suspects. All the police stations in the area had been informed to trace the whereabouts of the suspects. (Supun Dias)