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Man held for stealing ornaments

A former employee of a jewellery shop, accused of stealing ornaments worth Rs 6 lakh, was traced to a village in Odisha and arrested on Wednesday with the help of a train ticket that he had allegedly left behind at the crime scene.

Police said the owners of the jewellery shop in Beleghata managed to identify the suspect as Sukumar Sahoo, 36, a former employee, from the ticket, which read “Soro to Howrah.”

The owners knew that Sahoo, who had quit a year ago, hailed from Soro in Balasore district, about 250km from Calcutta, and was well versed with the layout and functioning of the shop.

The burglary had taken place between late Saturday and early Sunday. Sahoo had allegedly entered the showroom by breaking open an exhaust vent and then unlocked a window of the shop.

“The way the cases were opened suggest Sahoo was carrying duplicate keys with him,” said a police officer.

The stolen items included two pairs of gold bangles, a necklace, 10 gold chains, 29 gem rings for men, 54 gem-studded rings for women and 130 pairs of earrings.

A total of 160g of gold and 700g of silver ornaments were stolen.

The police went to his Calcutta house and found that he had left for Soro with his parents. “Sahoo had boarded a train to Calcutta on Saturday, the day of the burglary, and left for Odisha by car on Sunday morning, within hours of the crime,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

A police team comprising officers from the city and Odisha arrested him from his Soro house on Wednesday. He will be brought to Calcutta on Thursday on a transit remand.