Bur­glars make away with R35- lakh jew­ellery

Four youths with muf­fled faces broke into jew­eller’s shop in Sec­tor 7 of Panchkula; also took away cash from the ad­join­ing chemist shop

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PANCHKULA: Four bur­glars struck at a jew­ellery shop in Sec­tor 7 of Panchkula and de­camped with valu­ables worth Rs 35 lakh. The thieves also broke open locks of an ad­join­ing chemist shop and took away un­spec­i­fied amount of cash.

The area watch­man claimed that the four men, in­clud­ing a tur­baned per­son, with muf­fled faces came to the mar­ket af­ter mid­night on Wed­nes­day and over­pow­ered him.

The mis­cre­ants then broke the locks of Sarao Jewellers, dis­con­nected CCTV cam­eras and whisked away jew­ellery items kept there.

It was learnt that the CCTV cam­era in­stalled in the cor­ri­dor of Sarao Jewellers works could not cap­ture any im­age of hap­pen­ings dur­ing night hours in the ab­sence of high-pow­ered cam­era.

How­ever, footage of the bur­glars was cap­tured on cam­era in­stalled out­side Arora Jewellers in the neigh­bour­hood.

The footage showed a per­son with cov­ered face, wear­ing gloves and car­ry­ing an iron rod ac­cost­ing the watch­man of Sarao Jewellers at 1.40am, catch­ing hold of him by the scruff of his neck and forcibly tak­ing him to­wards a car.

The watch­man told po­lice that the four bur­glars, in­clud­ing a tur­baned man, were speak­ing in Hindi and Pun­jabi. Af­ter col­lect­ing the jew­ellery, the thieves drove away

along with the watch­man and dumped him in the for­est area of Morni.

Later, the watch­man in­formed po­lice, who reached the spot around 2am on Wed­nes­day.

In­ter­est­ingly, a po­lice pa­trol party had vis­ited the Sec­tor 7 mar­ket around 1.30am but found noth­ing amiss.

It was learnt that po­lice had also got CCTV footage from a cam­era in­stalled at the chemist shop since the thieves did not dis­con­nect it. The footage showed three bur­glars with cov­ered faced get­ting out of a Maruti Es­teem car.

Mean­while, po­lice quoted the watch­man as say­ing that the bur­glars came from be­hind and threw a blan­ket on him to over­power him.

Kir­pal Nath of Sarao Jewellers told po­lice that he had closed his shop at 9pm on Tues­day.

He came to know about the break-in on early Wed­nes­day morn­ing only.

Gurmel Singh, in­charge of Sec­tor 7 po­lice post, said that a case had been reg­is­tered against the uniden­ti­fied youths.

SANT ARORA/HT

The ran­sacked jew­ellery shop in Panchkula on Wed­nes­day.

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