The spate of robberies in the city reveal an interesting pattern of members of various gangs exchanging notes in jail and, after striking in one locality, switching to another. The same modus operandi was apparent in the recent heist at a Panchkula jewellery store coming close on the heels of a robbery at a house in SAS Nagar in which gold and diamond ornaments worth Rs 40 lakh were carted away.
According to superintendent of police Harpal Singh Sandhu, the gang involved in the Panchkula robbery used the same tactics as the one that struck in SAS Nagar.
“We’re in touch with both the Chandigarh and Panchkula police and will share information if we get any leads on the robbery suspects,” he said. Police sources said after striking in one locality gang members focus on another area after they are released on bail following arrest.
This was amply demonstrated when two of the suspects involved in a Mullanpur jewellery store robbery, who were nabbed by the cops, belonged to different places in Punjab and met in a Nabha jail.
During interrogation they said they formed their gang with other jail inmates involved in various theft and robbery cases.
Superintendent of police Swarandeep Singh said as per the law the local police station is supposed to maintain a proper dairy of any suspected criminal activities in the area, even when those who are arrested manage to secure bail, and keep regular tabs on them.