In yet another grim reminder of how unsafe the Millennium City has become, robbers broke into the house of a South City-2 resident and decamped with goods worth Rs14 lakh on Saturday.
A three-hour trip to Delhi proved costly for victim SC Gupta as a group of thieves entered his home by breaking open the back door.
They allegedly took away Rs70,000 cash, jewellery worth Rs12 lakh and other gadgets like laptops, LED TV and a wrist watch. The incident occurred between 11am and 2pm.
“I had gone to a Delhi hospital and I do not exactly remember whether I had told anyone. The incident, however, indicates that the thieves already knew of my plan,” said Gupta, who lives in block I-41.
The thieves first broke the iron gate, then cut open the lock of the wooden door to gain entry into the main living room of the house from where they allegedly took away laptops and other valuable items.
“The thieves also managed to open my almirah forcibly, may be with the help of an iron rod. They pulled the safe out and took away the jewellery with them,” said Gupta, who got the shock of his life when he returned and saw his ransacked house.
There was no one at home at the time of the incident.
Gupta informed the police who arrived nearly half an hour later. A fingerprint expert was also called to gather vital clues.
“We have collected fingerprints and are trying to ascertain the modus operandi of the gang. The thieves seem to have used different kinds of screws and spears. We will nab the culprit soon,” said a senior police official.
According to other residents, South City-2, developed by Unitech Limited, has witnessed as many as 25-30 theft cases in the last three years.
Expressing concern over the lack of security in the colony, residents blamed the developer for lapses resulting in free entry/exit to unknown vehicles and persons.
“The security provided by Unitech and the police is inadequate,” alleged VK Srivastav, a resident, adding that the management has deployed guards without proper police verification.
When contacted, officials of real estate firm Unitech passed the buck to each other and refused to comment.