Burglars broke into an empty house at Parnasree in Behala on Thursday afternoon and fled with cash and jewellery together worth over Rs 3.5 lakh, police said on Friday.
Complainant Krishna Das, 52, a BSNL employee, said she had left home around 9am for office. She returned around 5pm to find the latch on the main door cut open.
Police sources said the way the latch had been cut suggests that “seasoned burglars” were behind the incident.
According to the police, Das’s daughter-in-law was at office and her two grandchildren were at school when the burglars struck.
“The burglars must have known that the house remains empty on most days in the morning and afternoon. We are interrogating the domestic help and also some persons in the neighbourhood. No one has been arrested yet,” said an officer of Parnasree police station.
Das’s son is posted out of Calcutta and comes home twice a month.
Das mentioned in the complaint that the doors were ajar and the almirahs inside ransacked when he returned from the office in the evening.
She immediately called up her son and waited for the daughter-in-law to come back before going to the police station to lodge a complaint.
“The complainant has said Rs 5,000 and gold ornaments weighing 120g (worth around Rs 3.5 lakh at the current market price), kept in an almirah, have gone missing. Some silver and costume jewellery is missing from another almirah. A few showpieces, too, are gone,” said an officer investigating the case.
Parnasree in Behala, about 12km from the heart of the city, has witnessed a realty boom over the past two decades.
“The rise in population, with outsiders buying flats and settling down in the area, has turned Parnasree into a target for burglars and thieves. That perhaps explains the spurt in thefts and burglaries in the area,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar said.
“Keeping the developments in mind, we had carved Parnasree police station out of Behala two years ago,” the officer added.
Salt Lake theft
A laptop, a cell phone and a wallet containing Rs 2,000 and two debit cards were stolen from a house at Mahisbathan in Salt Lake on Friday.
Police said C. Sudhakar, a student who stays as a paying guest in the house, had gone to the bathroom leaving the items on a table by a window. He could not find the items after returning to the room.