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Wire fixer burgles home

Gold ornaments and valuables worth more than Rs 5 lakh were burgled from the residence of a Jamshedpur transporter early on Sunday by a gang allegedly led by the electrician who had visited the house a few days ago.

Santosh Kumar (28), a resident of Mango, was arrested later in the day for pulling off the break-in at Vijay Krishna’s house in Daiguttu in the same area after the transporter’s wife identified him. Police are grilling Santosh for whereabouts of his two other accomplices and the booty.

According to the FIR lodged with Mango police, Vijay Krishna was not at home at the time of the incident while wife Sushma and his elderly mother were sleeping.

The family has little clue when the burglars broke the lock to the front grille, opened the main door and sneaked in. However, around 3am, a loud clang in an adjoining room jolted the transporter’s wife out of slumber.

“Sushma took a peek to see some men fleeing. Before she could understand what was happening and raise an alarm, they were gone. She managed to recognise one of them as the electrician who had fixed a wiring problem 10 days ago,” said a relative, requesting anonymity.

Soon Sushma realised that their house had been burgled. “The front grille lock lay broken, the almirah had been ransacked, the gold in the locker was gone and the gang had also taken away a kid’s cycle and a suitcase with expensive clothes and more jewellery. The booty must have been worth over Rs 5 lakh,” the relative said.

The burglars also tried to steal a big trunk, but it hit the ground while they were carrying it out and woke up Sushma, the relative added.

Vijay Krishna returned home at 11am and lodged the complaint with Mango police, naming Santosh as a suspect.

Mango OC H.N. Majhi said they suspected the break-in lasted for 20 minutes. As clues, the amateur gang left behind a pair of slippers and a towel! “We have picked up one of the suspects and are interrogating him to find the missing gold and absconding aides.”