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Smart, confident burglars

They are confident, smartly dressed and come in big cars. But behind this garb, they are plain old scheming burglars, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 00:20 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

They are confident, smartly dressed and come in big cars. But behind this garb, they are plain old scheming burglars.

Their looks gain them easy access and even earn them salutes from security guards at high security gated community and high rise residential complexes.

The CCTV footage from the 1000-apartment Jalvayu Towers housing society in Sector 56 here is a proof of their shrewdness.

On Thursday, 3-4 well-dressed robbers entered the complex in a luxury car, remained in the complex for about three hours. They left with booty worth Rs 12 lakh. They broke locks and ransacked three apartments while the owners were away to work during daytime.

The police are investigating the footage of the CCTV cameras installed at the gates of Jalvayu Towers that has captured the images of the car as well as the criminals. The complex has 14 security guards and two supervisors. But the police have not been able to ascertain the make of the “big” car.

On June 24, 2005, four youths in a Santro car had entered the same Jalvayu Towers in a similar fashion on the pretext of meeting someone and had broken into three apartments.

However, alert security guards at the exit intercepted them and managed to nab two of them.

Sajjan Singh, the station house officer of Sector 56 police station, said, “The CCTV footage shows that a large car with 3-4 youths entered the complex around 11.00 am on Thursday and left around 1.00.”

“Though the car make and the faces of the criminals can be identified with great difficulty, it is very difficult to screen the exact registration number of the car because of poor quality footage.”

Singh said criminals, who look educated, are increasingly using stolen luxury cars for committing crime.

One of the burgled houses at Jalvayu Towers is Ravi Shankar, country head of a hospitality company. He recently got married recently and lives on the sixth floor.

“Gold and diamond jewellery worth about Rs 12 lakh is missing. My husband and I were away to work when it happened. It is shocking that the burglars struck and fled in the presence of the security guards,” said Neeta Kumar, Shankar's wife.

Wg. Comdr. (Retd.) A.S. Chaudhary, the president of Jalvayu Vihar RWA, said, “The criminals struck in three houses. They didn’t find anything in the first two houses but got jewellery in the third one.”