Thieves break into house, steal cash and ‘kid­nap’ 3 pups

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Pradeep Gupta

Kalyan: You bet­ter keep your dogs safe, just like your valu­ables. Three pup­pies of for­eign breeds were stolen by thieves from an an­i­mal lover’s house in Am­bivli near Kalyan.

The house owner, Amar Gun­dulkar (30), said the uniden­ti­fied thieves broke into the house some­time be­tween late Fri­day and early Satur­day and took away his three pups—two Bea­gles and a French Mas­tiff—cost­ing more than Rs 2 lakh. The stolen pups are be­tween three and nine months old. What the thieves did not dare touch were two big dogs. He said that no­body in the neigh­bour­hood re­ported any bark­ing at night.

Gun­dulkar has two houses in the Patil Na­gar lo­cal­ity. While one house is in a chawl, the other is in a nearby build­ing. Late on Fri­day, Gun­dulkar, fed the dogs and took them out for a walk af­ter which he left them in the house in the chawl. He said he usu­ally sleeps in the same house where the dogs are kept, “On Fri­day night, I was not feel­ing too well and so I went over to our other house in the build­ing,” said Gun­dulkar whoworks for an IT com­pany.

He re­alised only on Satur­day morn­ing that the three pups had been stolen. Gun­dulkar told TOIthat when he reached the house in the morn­ing, he found the house had been bro­ken into. “When I went in, I found the three pup­pies miss­ing. It ap­pears that the thieves knew well that the pups would fetch them a good price in the mar­ket.”

Amar said that he also found Rs 15,000 miss­ing from a locker in the house. A case of theft has been reg­is­tered against uniden­ti­fied per­sons, said said se­nior in­spec­tor Balasa­heb Kadam of Khadak­pada po­lice sta­tion.

While the theft of dogs has sur­prised peo­ple in the neigh­bour­hood, it has left Gun­dulkar’s 15-year-old niece griev­ing. “Dik­shani was ex­tremely fond of the pup­pies. She has not eaten all of Satur­day on learn­ing that the pups have gone miss­ing,” said Gun­dulkar. Not only my niece, the en­tire fam­ily is a bit dis­ap­pointed.”

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