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Fake sleuths steal jewellery

Three men posing as CBI officials stole gold ornaments worth Rs 14 lakh while those were being carried to a vehicle from a store in the Girish Park area on Monday night.

The accused allegedly broke open the seal of four packets, in which the ornaments were being transported by a logistics firm, in the name of inspecting them and took out the valuables by sleight of hand.

The police said the theft occurred around 8pm on a crowded CR Avenue.

“Three employees collected 376 pouches in four boxes stashed with gold jewellery from an outlet on CR Avenue. They were supposed to deliver the jewellery to a shop on Camac Street. They parked their vehicle on CR Avenue, about 50 metres from the outlet,” said an officer of Girish Park police station. “After collecting the jewellery, they started walking towards their vehicle.”

When they were close to the vehicle, three men allegedly intercepted them posing as CBI sleuths. “One of the accused slapped an employee of the firm and accused him and his colleagues of carrying explosives. When the employees denied the allegation, the accused broke the seals of the packets to examine the contents,” said the officer.

After rummaging through the ornaments, the trio allowed the employees to leave.

“The employees then narrated the incident to a manager of the Sundari Mohan Avenue firm, Tapan Dutta, who rushed to the spot,” said an officer of the detective department’s anti-rowdy squad.

“The group returned to the store from where they had collected the jewellery. While counting the pouches, they realised that 28 of them were missing. The stolen ornaments weighed 425g,” said a police officer.

Robbing people in the guise of CBI sleuths had become frequent in the Burrabazar-Posta area two years ago. Some people were arrested last year in connection with the incidents. “It appears a new gang is adopting the same technique to rob people,” said an officer.