Unidentified men broke into the bungalow of Vinod Thakur, deputy mayor of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, on Tuesday night and escaped with cash and valuables collectively worth Rs 50 lakh.
The stolen valuables included gold and diamond jewellery, silver utensils, and Rs2.5 lakh, the police said. Thakur wasn’t at home at the time of the incident. According to the police, the thieves first went to the terrace and then entered the house after breaking the back door.
Thakur said he had been living alone for the past few days as his wife was in Pune to meet their daughter. “On Tuesday afternoon, I locked the house and went to the office. I returned around 10pm and was shocked to see that the house had been ransacked,” he said.
Thakur then informed the Hill Line police station and his brother Vijay. “I then called my wife as I did not have any ideas about how much jewellery and cash she had kept in the house.”
Narendra Jadhav, police inspector, Hill Line police station, Ulhasnagar, said, “We have called a finger print experts as well as a dog squad to get some clue in the case. We suspect that somebody who knew the family is responsible for the break in. We are questioning the domestic help, driver, maid, security guard as well as Thakur’s office employees to get some clues. Three teams are working on this case and we hope that the thieves will be caught soon.”