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Gurgaon: Thieves strike at locked house of army vet, decamp with jewellery

The complainant said that the thieves knew where the precious items were kept and took away heirlooms as well

gurgaon Updated: Jan 29, 2018 23:26 IST
Abhishek Behl
Abhishek Behl
Hindustan Times
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A case of theft was registered at DLF phase 1 police station under sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code.(HT PHOTO)

Thieves struck at a house belonging to an army veteran and stole jewellery, including family heirlooms worth lakhs. The senior citizen, identified as Ripudaman Singh, lives along with his wife in the three-storey house in DLF Phase 1 and had gone to Mumbai to spend some time with his son.

A case of theft was registered at DLF Phase-1 police station under sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code.

The incident happened when the family was away between December 17 and January 27 in which gold and diamond jewellery worth over ₹15 lakhs was stolen by the thieves. “Our family jewellery and heirlooms that comprised of seven to eight sets were in a Godrej locker in the wardrobe of the master bedroom. The locker was found broken and the bedroom was ransacked," Prithviraj Singh, son of the former army officer, said.

The thieves had entered the house from the backside and removed the bathroom grill from where they gained entry into the house. Interestingly, they did not touch laptops, phones, watches and other items in the house nor they opened almirahs of other rooms belonging to the children.

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“They seem to know where the valuables were kept and just checked into these areas. I have a footage in which two suspects are seen roaming around our house”, said Singh, adding that they came on a bicycle and rang the doorbell. They stayed there for around 20 minutes.

The police said that they have registered a case and started the probe. The CCTV footage is being obtained and it will be scanned to get some leads into the incident, an officer said.

There has been increase in the incidents where thieves have broken into locked houses where the owners were either working couples or were away. A house was burgled in a similar manner at Suncity in November last year. Prior to that a spate of such incidents were reported from Ardee city in which thieves struck in locked houses and decamped with valuables.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 23:25 IST