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Break-in through window hole

A gang looted cash and ornaments worth Rs 5 lakh from a Thakurpukur home on Wednesday after entering the three-storey house through a hole in a window and locking the residents in a bedroom.

The house is being renovated and the owners suspect that the carpenters probably informed the burglars about the second-floor window hole and the general layout because they moved about “pretty much like somebody well-aware of the floor plan”.

Police arrested carpenter Swapan Mondal in the evening.

“We know the carpenter very well. He had worked for us before. We would leave the house to him and he would work through the day while we were away,” said 16-year-old Anindita Chatterjee, who was in the first-floor master bedroom with mother Annapurna, 38, when the burglars struck. Annapurna runs a construction business.

Anindita’s uncle Tridib Mitra, a 62-year-old retired Food Corporation of India employee, lives on the ground floor of the house in Majhipara off James Long Sarani.

The gang entered the house and went to the first floor, locked the master bedroom from outside and ransacked the drawing room and the second bedroom. They spent over an hour in the house, went through all the cabinets and shelves in the drawing room and two almirahs in the bedroom.

Around 4am, Annapurna and her daughter woke up to “some noise” and found themselves locked inside when they tried to open the bedroom door. They called Mitra for help and by the time he took the stairs to reach their room, the burglars had broken the locks on the main gate on the ground floor and bolted.

The booty included 110 grams of gold ornaments, five Benarasi saris, three mobile phones, a computer monitor, bath fittings kept for the house renovation and Rs 10,000.

The second floor has been constructed three months ago and was undergoing furnishing and painting. “The keys to an almirah have been missing for the past two days. After the burglary, we found them in the almirah keyhole. What does this suggest? Only someone with access to the house can do it,” Mitra said.