Reebok break-in: CCTV footage lands robbers in police net; 2 held
On the basis of CCTV footage, the Gurgaon police on Sunday arrested two burglars, who had struck at a Reebok showroom here on January 21.india Updated: Jan 31, 2012 01:14 IST
On the basis of CCTV footage, the Gurgaon police on Sunday arrested two burglars, who had struck at a Reebok showroom here on January 21.
Sports accessories worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 58,000 cash were reported stolen.
The accused were identified as Vijay Kumar (22), resident of Nangal Chaudhary (Mahendargarh), and Babu Ram, resident of Chandan Nagar.
Vijay, who was released from Bhondsi Jail last week, owns a food stall in front of the bus stand in Gurgaon. His third accomplice and mastermind Rakesh is still absconding. He, too, was released from Bhondsi jail 21 days ago and is involved in 10 cases of vehicle theft and 13 robberies.
Police sources said the accused had done a recce of the area for three days and decided to execute the robbery after stealing a car. Subsequently, Rakesh stole a Maruti 800.
In the wee hours of January 21, accused Vijay, Rakesh and Babu parked their car near the showroom. The trio entered the outlet by breaking open the lock. Under the cover of darkness, they committed the robbery with the help of three candles and six matchboxes.
While Rakesh looked for cash and expensive items, Vijay and Babu picked up whatever they could lay their hands on. The trio spent a total of 18 minutes in the store.
Following the theft, the case was handed over to CIA –Sector 17. Investigating officer inspector Rajinder Singh inspected the CCTV footage. The recording showed the three accused entering the showroom around 4:40 am. The accused also took away two caps before coming out of the store.
Later, inspector Singh went to Bhondsi Jail to inquire about the accused. One of them was identified as Rakesh, also known as Tatal, resident of Tauru.
Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested accused Vijay and Babu from Chandan Nagar on Sunday. A motorcycle and stolen items were recovered from their possession.
Raids are being conducted to nab Rakesh, who is on the run.
“Strict action will be taken against the robbers. I request shopkeepers to install CCTV cameras in their shops,” Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (crime), told Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, store owner Sumit Kataria said, “I would like to compliment the Gurgaon police on their efforts in nabbing the culprits.”