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Burglars flee with booty after feast

Jamshedpur, June 7: A gang of burglars broke into the ground floor of a two-storey building in Mango, had a feast in the kitchen and decamped with cash, ornaments and goods worth around Rs 2 lakh in the small hours of Saturday.

Tenants, who occupy the entire ground floor, had gone to attend a marriage function in Koderma, while the wife of the house owner — a deputy superintendent of police — was asleep on the first floor when the criminals entered the house at Road Number 3 in Baikunth Nagar. They fled with whatever they found in the tenant’s rooms but did not go upstairs.

Manju, the wife of DSP Arun Srivastava, who is currently posted in Garhwa, was alone in the house. She noticed the broken lock in the morning and informed the tenant, Mukesh Kumar (32) who had been out of town since June 4 along with his family. Mukesh, a medical representative, then informed his brother Suraj, who stays nearby.

Later, in his complaint to police, Suraj said the burglars took away Rs 50,000 in cash, two gold chains and two rings, a digital camera and a watch.

“The house owner’s wife said she was awake till 2am but did not hear anything. It seems they struck after 2am. The burglars cooked Maggi and ate in the kitchen,” he said.

Mango thana OC Laxman Prasad said, “Prima facie it appears that gang members had good knowledge about the articles kept in the rooms. They used a rod to open locks of the main gate and the almirah.”

He added that the actual amount of the loss could be ascertained only after the tenants came. said the OC.

Police sources Mukesh and his family had been informed about the incident and they were likely to arrive by late this evening.

Superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. said this gang had been involved in a series of burglaries in the steel city over the past two months.

“We are in the final stage of investigation. However, we will be able to disclose the details only tomorrow,” the SP added.

As many as 15 major burglaries took place in different localities of the steel city in the last two months and most of them happened when the occupants were away from their houses.