Her negligence in not locking the backdoor of her row house cost Suvarna Kondule (35) of Rs 1.10 lakh.
Kondule, a homemaker from Santacruz (East), lost cash and jewellery after two masked robbers entered her ground-floor house on Wednesday night.
While her nine-year-old son sat shivering in a corner out of fear, Kondule was gagged and tied up by the robbers. The Vakola police said Kondule’s husband works in Dubai and visits them once a year.
“Kondule said the gun the two were carrying was unreal. We are trying to find out how Kondule knew it was a toy gun,” said a police officer from the Vakola police station on condition of anonymity.
The police said Kondule was sleeping with her son with the backdoor open for unknown reasons, when she heard footsteps in the house.
On waking up, she saw two men in her house wielding weapons.
The men held up a gun to Kondule’s temple and demanded the keys of her cupboard. When Kondule retaliated, the robbers gagged her and tied her hands and legs with a dupatta.
Kondule’s son was so scared that he sat dumbstruck, the police said.
The two men then snatched the cupboard keys from Kondule’s hands and robbed all the cash and jewellery. They fled from the backdoor.
However, before fleeing, the robbers took away Kondule’s mobile phone, because of which she could not alert her parents living right across the street.
“After the robbers left, Kondule’s son untied her. But as she had lost her mobile phone, she could not call anyone for help, not even her parents who live across. Later she registered a complaint with the police,” said Senior Police Inspector S. Nekalikar of the Vakola police station.
The police are now hunting for the two robbers based on descriptions given by Kondule.