An agency called upon to investigate the most serious and sophisticated cases of crime and fraud in the country, the Central Bureau of Investigation, was victim to a most ordinary theft in its own backyard, here in Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Thieves apparently managed to haul and lug away two manhole covers, one water meter door, two steel racks and several such heavyduty items from its office on Wednesday night.
In spite of the deployment of security at the entrance, how the thieves managed to reach the backside storeroom inside the building and whisk away the material is a mystery that seems hard to fathom.
Police sources claim that the thieves apparently entered the premises after scaling the boundary wall. The storeroom is parallel to the office of special crime branch at the back of the building and there is an iron gate for entry from the backside.
Sources added that Chamkaur Singh, head constable at CBI, Anti Crime Bureau, Sector-30-A, first detected the theft of the stuff that later was also found to include four cooler pads, two iron stands of cooler and a folding bed.
A case of theft has been registered.
Investigating officer SI Gurcharan Singh said prima facie it appeared to be the work of drug addicts. Previously, the tyres of an sports utility vehcile belonging to a superintendent of police -rank official of the CBI, were stolen from the parking lot of the building in September, 2013.