The window grille that had been cut and tied to the frame with a wire. (Tamaghna Banerjee)
Gold jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh and Rs 1 lakh in cash were stolen from a Salt Lake home early on Wednesday. Police suspect the thieves had entered the FD block house of the Kedias through a second-floor window grille cut at least two days ago.
The family as well as the police suspect the Kedias’ domestic help, who had faked his identity and left work on Tuesday morning, was behind the theft.
The jewellery and the cash were kept in a locked wooden almirah in a second-floor room, adjoining the one where the grille had been cut. The lock had not been broken, suggesting that the thieves had access to the key.
“We had employed the help, who had identified himself as Niranjan, last month. He had been hired for two months, but on Sunday he said he would not work anymore and asked us to pay his salary. We asked him to work for two more days till our old help was back on Wednesday. He agreed and left on Tuesday,” said Suman Kedia, the landlady.
Suman found the wooden almirah open when he entered the room on Wednesday morning. “The valuables inside were gone. There were necklaces, earrings, rings and a gold chain in boxes. All the boxes have been emptied. Around a lakh in cash kept with the jewellery were also gone,” said Suman.
She rushed to the adjoining room and found a part of the window grille had been cut. The lady alerted husband Sambhu, a businessman, who lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar South police station.
Officers probing the case said the grille joints had been cut at least two days ago. “The cut parts were glued with chewing gums and tied to the frame with a wire,” said an officer.
“It seems the domestic help had cut the grille and duplicated the key to the almirah. We have found some footprints and handprints on the wall, suggesting that at least two men had climbed it to enter the room,” the officer added.
Police said they had detained two persons who had introduced Niranjan to the Kedias. “We have come to know during investigation that Niranjan’s real name is Pramod Yadav. He is from Banka district of Bihar,” said an officer.
The theft highlights a laxity on the part of the residents. “The Kedias had not given us a photograph and details, such as his address, to us,” said a cop.
The Kedias live on the 2000sq ft second floor and have rented out the other two floors.