A robber on Monday targetted five houses in Palam Vihar residential colony in a matter of few hours and decamped with valuables. The police are yet to identify or arrest the culprit.
The robber came in a Honda City car and approached the victims, claiming to be a messenger sent by one of their relatives. He would then decamp with valuables.
According to the police, the accused applied the same trick at all the five houses on Monday. In one of the houses, his image has also been captured in the CCTV.
Om Prakash Nanda, 86, fractured his hand while resisting the robbery bid while the four other women were threatened at gun point.
Pretending to be a messenger sent by a close relative with an invitation card in hand, the intruder first targeted Nanda’s house. “I allowed him inside without verifying from the said relative as he confidently named a person known to me,” Nanda said.
The intruder spent a few minutes chatting with Nanda before asking for a pen and a piece of paper. As Nanda moved upstairs, the man entered the room and broke open the shelf.
“When I resisted, he pushed me hard and I fell down. Then the man fled with a packet of pens,” said Nanda.
In other four houses, only women members were present, the police said.
“Soon after striking at Nanda’s house no 375, the man managed to enter house no 406. He held a woman hostage at gun point and asked for the key to her shelf.
"But the victim somehow managed to release herself from his clutches and shouted for help after climbing the rooftop,” said Sunil Yadav, president of the Palam Vihar Welfare Association.
“In two other houses, he just managed to talk from outside the main gate,” said Yadav, adding that the burglar had targeted the colony residents in December and January as well.
Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal ordered an investigation into the case.
“We are taking help of the CCTV footage. On Wednesday morning, his image will be displayed all across the city,” Mittal said, adding that he will strengthen security in the area.