Thieves continue to keep the police on their toes as they struck again on Thursday in broad daylight and targeted three houses in Preet Enclave of Ladhewali area of the city and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs.
On the other hand, perturbed over the alarming rise of theft cases in the city, the commissionerate police have formed a special investigation team (SIT), which will be headed by ADCP (crime) Harpreet Singh Mander, which would investigate theft cases along with other officials and help nab thieves.
On January 3, burglars had succeeded in burgling four houses in Quila Mohalla.
According to information, thieves targeted the house of Balbir Singh and stole two gold rings, chain and cash worth thousands from his house after opening the lock of the main gate on Thursday afternoon.
Then, thieves went to the house of Maninder Singh and decamped with Rs 10,000 from the almirah.
The thieves also broke open the locks of the gate of the house of Munni Lal but failed to steal anything.
Separate cases have been registered against unknown people under sections 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 454 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) of IPC at Rama Mandi police station.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul S said that apart from the formation of SIT, we have also increased staff at police stations and hoped that we would soon arrest the culprits.
From December 1 to January 7, a total of 36 cases of burglary, including vehicle theft and house break-ins, have been reported.