More Sherlock than Keystone Kops
The expeditious recovery of a ceremonial dagger stolen from the Nehru Memorial Museum shows that the Delhi Police is more Sherlock Holmes than the Keystone Kops. That too, the old Holmes, not the Cumberbatch avatar who has the benefit of technological advances. After all, even in 21st-century India, it simply doesn’t do to depend on CCTV cameras or DNA samples. Good-old-fashioned sleuthing has to carry the day, or call it quits. In this instance, the deduction that the pilferer was a southpaw because a glass pane to the left of the door was broken was surely nothing short of epiphanic. Luckily, the thieves — two staff members — were not clever enough to counter-intuitively plan to break a pane on the other side just to throw the police off-track. Zeroing in on the one particular staffer who actually purloined the dagger by determining he was ambidextrous — by getting him to catch a ball and write with both hands — was inspired sleuthing.
If these detectives got to the bottom of this robbery so promptly, why do so many high-profile crimes languish for years? Obviously, the brilliant crime fighters who solved the Case of the Missing Dagger in no time flat need to be kept at hand so that they can be pressed into service to crack cases that seemingly confound their uniformed brethren elsewhere quite regularly.