Boys' toys fail would-be robber

Wielding a plastic gun, he tried to hold up a finance firm

After 20 minutes of high drama, a security guard and the owner of the building in which the bank is located, managed to overpower him.

At 2.40 pm, Manu alias Mohan who is in his late twenties and hails from a small village in Channarayapatna in Hassan District walked into Manappuram Finance, a firm that extends loans with gold as collateral, at Sapthagiri Complex, Jnanaganga Nagar, 80-feet Ring Road in Jnanabharathi.

He began a conversation in Kannada with security guard Vishwanath. During the course of the conversation, he pulled him in, downed the shutters and pulled out a pistol.

While drawing the attention of the staff and a few customers, he ordered them to raise their hands and assemble at a corner. Showing fiber balls tied to his waist belt, he told them they were ‘grenades’ and ordered the cashier to pack the cash and gold in a bag that he had carried.

As the drama was unfolding inside, some customers knocked at the shutters from outside. Manu walked up and informed them on the other side that it was lunch break and requested them to come later. Grabbing the opportunity, the staff managed to hide a major chunk of the gold in a dustbin.

While returning to the cash counter, Manu accidentally dropped the pistol, which broke and a piece chipped out. Vishwanath realised that the gun was fake and slapped Manu hard. The rest of the staff pounced on Manu. When the assistant manager tried to catch him, Manu bit him, opened the shutters and ran towards the terrace.

Swamy, the building owner who resides on the same floor, saw Manu on terrace and thought Manu was trying to jump to his death.

 He ran to Manu and caught hold of his ankles even as Manu was poised to jump. By that time, the guard and other staff rushed to the terrace and cornered Manu.

Manu confessed to police that it was his first attempt at crime. He had run into huge loans and was under pressure from his debtors.

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