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35 CCTVs, not 1 caught thief

india Updated: Aug 20, 2009 00:48 IST
Rachna Pratihar

On Tuesday afternoon, a thief stole diamonds and other valuables worth over Rs 6.5 lakh from a residential complex equipped with 35 security cameras, all of which do not have a single frame of him.

Police inspector Prasad Dharia told Hindustan Times the theft occurred in a 17th floor flat in the 23-storey Antiriksha Apartments at Kakasaheb Gadgil Road in Dadar (West).

The flat belongs to Bharat Shah (44) who runs a garment store at Byculla.

Dharia said that at around 2.15 pm, Deepak Thapa (28), a domestic help at Shah’s flat, answered the doorbell. Shah’s wife Anju (43) and son Harsh (15) were at home at the time.

Anju was asleep in one of the bedrooms, Harsh was at the dining table.

A man aged 24-25, in a black jacket and jeans, walked into the flat.

He told Harsh that painting work was going on in a flat on the 23rd floor, due to which debris and paint stains would dirty the flowerpots and windows of his house.

Harsh led him into the bedroom where Anju was asleep. He asked Deepak to cover the doors of the house to protect them from the debris.

Harsh sent Deepak to the market to buy plastic sheets.

“After Deepak left, the man and Harsh went into Anju’s bedroom. He asked Harsh to check the kitchen, which is probably when he stole the valuables from the bedroom cupboard,” said Dharia.

When Deepak returned without the plastic sheets, the man suggested they both go to the market to fetch the sheets and Deepak obliged.

The man then disappeared in the market.

Anju discovered the theft when she opened the cupboards to keep some clothes.

When the police went through footage from the complex’s 35 closed-circuit cameras, they did not find a single frame with the suspect in it.

They learned that before showing up at Shah’s flat, the suspect had made unsuccessful bids to enter two more flats during the day.

In one of the flats, all the family members were present,

the other flat owner sent him away.