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Two burglaries within 24 hours in Noida’s Sector 26

Residents of the area said six such incidents in the area since April 23

noida Updated: May 10, 2017 00:37 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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Among the valuables stolen were a laptop and a bar of silver.(Representative Photo)

Police have registered two burglary cases that took place in blocks A and B of Sector 26 within 24 hours of each other. Both houses were allegedly broken into when the residents were away and valuables, including a a laptop and a 200-gram silver bar, taken.

In one incident, morning walkers found the doors and locks of a house near the Sector 26 club broken and household items lying scattered.

Suspecting that the house, owned by Ajit Singh, had been broken into and ransacked, they called the police control room and a team reached the spot.

During investigation, police found that the occupants of the house had left for a month-long trip to America a week ago. The residents’ welfare association (RWA) filed a complaint on their behalf.

According to the police, they could not ascertain the items missing from the house and that will be possible only after the residents return. The information will then be added to the first information report (FIR).Police suspect the incident occurred at midnight as the residents spotted it early morning.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, alleged burglars decamped with a laptop and a 200-gram silver bar from a house in block A of the same sector. Police said the incident took place at 12.15pm when the complainant Peeyush Handa (32) and his wife had gone to work.

The couple live in the rented house on the ground floor of a three-storey building and work in a private firm in Sector 132. The matter came to light when the landlord, Rajender Bhati, who lives on the first floor, was stepping out. He found that the lock was broken and many items were scattered at the door.

The couple and the police were informed about the incident. The victims told the police that the laptop was kept on the table, and the silver bar inside a cupboard.

Police said the house had been ransacked in search of other items that could be taken. Bhati told police that the the main entry gate was not locked from inside and they did not notice any movement.

Footage from a CCTV camera installed next to the house showed two people who seemed to be in their early twenties entering the house with a bag. They were also seen breaking the locks and coming out 10 minutes later, said the police.

Anil Kumar Shai, station house officer (SHO), Sector 20 police station , said, “We have seen the CCTV footage in the area. These thieves are teenagers and we are working on busting this gang. Cognizance of the complaints has been taken and cases have been registered.”

Sector 26 residents said the area has important establishments such as schools and hospital and the entry to the sector is not restricted. According to residents, regular night patrolling is required there.

“Since April 23, six thefts have taken place in the area. Night patrolling is important to avoid such incidents. Everyone is living in fear and cannot leave their houses because of such incidents,” said Manoj Kesari, a resident of the sector.

First Published: May 10, 2017 00:37 IST