Thieves broke into a two-storeyed house in Baguiati and fled with cash and jewellery worth more than Rs 2.5 lakh while all but one residents were asleep early on Sunday.
The family member who woke up during the raid preferred to lie still fearing the safety of her six-year-old daughter. The thieves entered the Rabindrapally house after breaking the latch on the ground-floor door.
Sarbartha Duttagupta, 65, a retired bank employee, was sleeping on the ground floor. His wife Ranu, 58, daughter Jhumur and her daughter Adrija, 6, were in a room on the first floor.
“My daughter Jhumur told me that she spotted a person in the room around 2.45am. She checked whether my granddaughter was safe and pretended to be asleep,” said Duttagupta.
As soon as the burglar, wearing a shirt and shorts, left the room, Jhumur jumped off the bed and locked the room door from inside before raising an alarm. By the time her father and neighbours rushed out, the burglars had fled.
Jhumur works in a Bengali news channel and her daughter studies in Class I of a central Calcutta school.
“The gang entered all the rooms. They opened a steel almirah and the lockers inside it with keys kept beside the dressing table in our room,” said Ranu.
The gang took away Rs 15,000 and around 8 bhori gold jewellery that the family recently brought home from bank for a wedding. The jewellery is worth about Rs 2.5 lakh, according to the family.
Four mobile phones and a laptop were also stolen. The laptop was found dumped a few metres from the house.
The police suspect more than one burglar entered the house. Senior officers of Baguiati police station and forensic experts visited the house on Sunday afternoon. “Someone familiar with the house must have tipped off the burglars. They knew where the keys of the almirah were,” said an officer. Santosh Nimbalkar, deputy commissioner of Bidhannagar commissionerate, said the criminals would be tracked down soon.