A jewellery showroom in the heart of the state capital was broken into with robbers decamping with jewellery and ornaments worth crores, taking advantage of a Durga Puja closure.
The heist took place at Anand Jewellers, a three-storey showroom, in Hindpiri police station area. But its unclear when it occurred as the showroom was closed for Mahanavami and Dashami on Sunday and Monday.
Till reports last came in, the shop’s owners and police were busy assessing the extent of the loss. Unconfirmed estimates, however, put the loss at around Rs 10 crore as the stolen ornaments included those made of gold, silver and diamonds.
Owner Sushil Gupta said he detected the robbery Tuesday, “When I opened the main door and entered the shop around 11am, I found the ornaments missing from the showcases.”
Police were informed and an FIR lodged at the Hindpiri police station. A team from forensic science laboratory also arrived to collect fingerprints and other samples.
SP Manoj Ratan said the criminals had entered the shop from the top floor, after cutting open the grill of a window. “The way each and every almirah and showcase was ransacked suggests that there were more than 10 people involved in the theft,” a police official said.
SSP Saket Kumar Singh told The Telegraph that CCTV cameras were not functioning and a guard was also not deputed.