A bag containing gold and silver jewellery worth over Rs 5 lakh was whisked away from a shop at Ashok Path Chowk in Bhatia Bustee on Thursday morning.
Surjeet Prasad Verma, the owner of Alankar Jewellers, had hung the bag on a hook and was trying to open the shutter when the incident took place.
Two years ago, burglars had broken into his shop and decamped with jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh. Since then, Verma had made it a practice to carry the valuables of his shop home every night and bring them back the next morning. But, the thief turned out to be smarter.
According to sources, Verma had easily opened one lock around 10am, but the other wouldn’t open. He asked a neighbour for help. While the two were trying to open the lock, Verma suddenly realised that the bag was missing from the hook.
Kadma OC Raju confirmed the theft. “Someone must have followed the victim’s habit closely,” he said.