The wedding of a resident of a Sunny Enclave, Kharar, proved to be a god-sent opportunity for burglars to make merry and party as they made off with jewellery worth Rs 40 lakh and Rs 7 lakh in cash from his house as the family partied around 40 km away at Red Bishop Resort in Panchkula on Sunday night.
The police who arrived at the house on a call from the distressed bridegroom’s father Sunil Verma said there were signs that the miscreants — at least three in number — had also munched on snacks and drank beer to their hearts’ content after ransacking the house.
“Empty beer bottles were found in the house. The incident came to light around 6am when the marriage party returned,” said a police official.
Verma runs a shop Verma Glass House in Sector 45 Chandigarh (Burail). His son Shiv Verma tied the knot on Sunday.
“The thieves gained access to the house through a vacant plot. Then they used a ladder to climb to the top floor of Verma’s house where they broke open a grill and entered the house,” said a police source, adding that Rs 7 lakh and jewellery worth around Rs 40 lakh was reportedly missing. He added that the family had claimed that silver jewellery around 4-kg and some gift envelopes containing cash were also missing.
“We have registered a case on a complaint from Sunil Verma and investigations are on,” said Kharar (city) SHO Vijay Kumar.
He added that prima facie it appeared that the thieves were aware that no one was likely to return before morning.
“There are signs that one of the thieves stood on the first floor and munched on snacks while keeping a watch. He used a flowerpot as his table,” he added.
Safe broken open
The thieves broke open the jewellery safe of the family kept in the basement of the house. Sunil’s daughter who had come from Phagwara to attend the wedding claimed that she had lost four gold sets, 12 gold bangles and a few diamond rings. The thieves also took along family’s old silver ornaments that were passed down the generations weighing about 4 kg. The suitcases of the relatives were also ransacked, the family has claimed.