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Burglars strike at jewellery shop

Staff Reporter

They enter shop in Secunderabad by drilling hole in roof slab; loot 30kg silver

-Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Incredible:Police officials inspecting the hole dug up by the dacoit gang to gain entry into the jewellery shop, in Secunderabad, on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: Thieves broke into a jewellery shop building by drilling a hole on the roof using two chisels and a hammer, and took away silver jewellery weighing nearly 30 kg and Rs. 2 lakh in Secunderabad on Wednesday.

Police believe at least two offenders were involved in the offence in which they used a cloth to muffle the sound emanating while hitting the chisels with the hammer.

The offenders must be familiar with the topography of the building, the Mahankali ACP, G.P. Vasusena, said. The surveillance cameras in the shops were not working.

Yogesh, owner of Srinathji the jewellery shop in General Bazar, told the police that he had planned to shift the shop shortly to another building in the locality as the present one was dilapidated.

The thieves first tried to make a hole on the side wall of the building but later withdrew apparently worried of being noticed by passers-by due to the sound.

They first broke open lock of the door on the side of the building and entered inside. Later, they went up the terrace and dug a hole through which a leanly built man can slide inside.

“Selection of the point on the terrace to dig hole rises suspicion of possible involvement of an insider,” the police said. A beam was located beneath the slab close to the place where the hole was dug.

Police felt it would not have been possible for the burglars to make hole if they started digging the slab at the point where the beam was located. The offenders kept a waste cloth on the butt of the chisel while hitting it with the hammer to ensure no sound emerged.

They sneaked into the shop through the hole and collected the silver jewellery and articles along with Rs. 2 lakh from the cash counter.

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