The house in Mango where the burglary took place on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Cash and ornaments worth over Rs 12 lakh were cleaned out from a house in Mango’s Olidih in the wee hours of Sunday.
Inmates of the house suspect that the burglars had used a spray that put occupants of the room, from where the jewellery and money were stolen, into deep sleep. The gang had also bolted the doors of some of the rooms from outside before committing the crime.
House owner Rakesh Mishra, an employee of a private firm, has lodged an FIR with Olidih police.
Rakesh and his younger brother Sparsh Kumar stay with their families on the ground floor of the house located on Sanjay Road.
“The burglary took place in my brother’s room. Like every day, we all had gone to sleep by midnight. When I woke up around 6am today (Sunday) to go to the washroom, I could not open the door. I came out through another way and found the door to be bolted from outside. A laptop and some other items were lying strewn here and there,” said Rakesh.
He immediately rushed to his brother’s room and knocked on the door but Sparsh took time answering. “Once he opened the door, I informed him what happened and to our shock, we saw the steel almirah open and empty jewellery boxes, a suitcase and clothes lying scattered on the floor. I knew that there had been a burglary and went to check the main door. The lock on the grille gate was broken,” Rakesh said.
According to Rakesh, ornaments formed bulk of the booty. “My brother got married in 2010 and his in-laws had given his wife a lot of jewellery — both gold and diamond. All have gone. The criminals also took away my brother’s mobile phone, but did not touch the television set and other costly electronic goods,” he said.
He added that it was strange that although both his brother and his wife, along with their newborn, were sleeping in the room, none heard any noise. “I think the criminals sprayed some chemical before committing the crime, which must have taken place between 1am and 2am,” Rakesh said.
Officer in charge of Olidih police station sub-inspector Mahesh Prasad confirmed the burglary.
City superintendent of police Ajay Linda and deputy superintendent of police (headquarters-I) Birendra Prasad Yadav had also scoured the scene.
“We pressed a sniffer dog squad into service, expecting it to sniff out some clues. But the dogs could not offer any lead. But investigations are on and we will nab the men soon,” said Prasad, adding that they would intensify patrolling at night.
Asked whether the burglars had sprayed any intoxicating substance, the sub-inspector said they were probing that point. “But it seems that the crime was committed by someone who is familiar with the house,” he added.