In a shocking incident, thieves struck a jeweler’s shop located merely 100-metre away from the main city police station and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs25 lakh, here on Tuesday night.
This is the second major case of theft that has taken place in the city within a month that has resulted in loss of lakhs of rupees to the shop owners, putting a question mark on the working of the city police.
A jeweller’s shop in Sangrur’s main market was allegedly robbed by unidentified persons. According to the information, on Tuesday night, few men entered the shop from the terrace by cutting the metal door of stairs with the help of gas cutter.
The thieves had broken all the CCTV cameras and stole all the jewellery, which was put on display in the shop. The shop owner claimed that the stolen jewellery was worth Rs25 lakh. “Apart from the ornaments, there were gold biscuits and some cash in the drawers, which was also stolen,” said Balvir Kumar, the shop owner.
Kumar said when he came to shop on Wednesday morning, everything seemed to be fine as the shutter and the front gate of shop was intact, but the door of stairs was cut with the help of gas cutter.
“There was a strong room also in the shop which the thieves tried to cut with the help of gas cutter. However, they failed to do that. The main locker in the strong room is safe and thieves failed to open it, which saved ornaments worth lakhs of rupees,” said the owner.
Kumar said this was the second time thieves tried to steal from his shop. “This time they succeeded in their attempt. Around eight months ago, few men tried to enter the shop through stairs gate, however they failed to do that. But this time, it seems, they came fully prepared and succeeded in stealing from my shop,” said Kumar.
Meanwhile, the police carried out its investigation till late Wednesday night and took fingerprints from all the possible places in the shop.
A police official requesting anonymity said, on Thursday, police raided six suspected places. “However, there is no progress in the case. Police will again raid few places to get a clue about this robbery,” he said.
Meanwhile, a case against unknown persons has been registered and further investigation was on in the matter.
It must be mentioned that in the last week of November, thieves had struck a mobile shop within one km radius of the police station. In the similar manner, thieves had entered from the terrace of the shop and decamped with mobile phone worth more than Rs15 lakh. Police are still clueless about thieves till now.