Burglars cleaned away gold jewellery and Rs 70,000 in cash from the Ranchi home of a Bihar medical college professor between afternoon and midnight on Thursday.
Suresh Prasad, who works at Katihar Medical College, was visiting his wife at New Morabadi in Bariatu police station area of the state capital. The couple left for a wedding in Dhurwa — an hour’s drive from their home — around 1pm. They returned after midnight to find they had been robbed.
The smart burglars had not tampered with the main door lock, which could have invited attention of neighbours. Instead, they quietly dismantled the grille of a bedroom window to sneak in.
When Prasad and his wife came home from the wedding, they found two wooden and a steel almirah in the bedroom ransacked, besides three steel trunks. Clothes were strewn on the floor, while the valuables were all gone.
Prasad, who is also the elder brother of RIMS medicine department professor Umesh Prasad, informed police.
City SP Manoj Ratan Chothe visited the spot along with a team from Bariatu thana in the small hours of Friday.
Later in the morning, the SP said: “The burglars had a free run because the house was empty. They had all the time on Earth to break open the locks of three almirahs and an equal number of trunks.”
“The way household items were rummaged through, it is clear that the gang had no idea where the cash and jewellery were kept,” Chothe added, ruling out the role of any acquaintance of the family.
This was the second similar break-in in the capital in three months.
In September, criminals had decamped with ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh and Rs 25,000 in cash from retired insurance company official Suhsil Kumar Jha’s residence at Harmu Housing Colony.
Jha’s family too was away, in Delhi, when the incident took place. No one has been arrested in the case yet.