The broken grille at the burgled Sinthee house. Picture by Bhabatosh Chakraborty
Burglars stole a toolbox from a bike repairing unit and a ladder from the club next door and used them to clean out a house on the other side of the club at Sinthee early on Tuesday.
The tools in the box helped the thieves remove the grille on a second-floor window of the three-storeyed house belonging to trader Subrata Sarkar. They took away cash and valuables worth Rs 5 lakh.
The burglars first entered 2H/1A Kalicharan Ghosh Road. They made their way from the roof to the two-wheeler repairing unit the owner of the house ran on the ground floor and stole the toolbox.
Then they went to the club at 2H/1B, where a ladder being used for renovation was lying outside. Using the ladder, the thieves climbed to the club’s roof, from where the second-floor window of 2H/1C, Sarkar’s home, is within touching distance.
“We woke up in the morning and saw the bedroom that was empty at night had been ransacked. My wife’s gold ornaments and Rs 2 lakh, the proceeds from my garments’ store, were gone from the almirah,” said Sarkar, whose shop is on the ground floor of the house.
The trader in his 50s and his wife Anjana, their sons — Suprakash, an eye specialist, and Jyotiprakash, a Class XI student — and Sarkar’s 85-year-old mother-in-law were sleeping in the other bedroom on the second floor.
“Since only one of the bedrooms is air-conditioned, all of us sleep there every night. Its door was not locked. The thieves entered and took away two cell phones,” said Sarkar.
Anjana first noticed the burglary. “When I woke up around 6am and came out to the dining hall, I saw the almirah open in the other bedroom. I ran to the almirah and saw the locker was empty,” said the homemaker.
Nothing was taken from the house on the other side of the club, owned by Monojit Banerjee. “The thieves broke open the door on the roof, sneaked in and apparently headed straight to the garage, from where they took the toolbox. They knew the plan of the house,” said an officer of Sinthee police station.
A mechanic who worked in the garage has been detained.
The investigators are also questioning the men who were giving the club a fresh coat of paint before Puja.