CHENNAI: A jeweller’s laptop bag mistaken for a bag of jewels was lifted by two youth while he was opening his outlet, after leaving the gadget on his bike.
The duo dumped the bag near Pachaiyappa’s College after finding that it was a laptop. An autorickshaw driver, who found it, returned it to the jeweller.
Sources said Rihas was taking care of his father’s pawn shop-cum-jewellery store on Erukkancherry High Road, Sharma Nagar. As usual, he came to open the shop on Monday morning. As the laptop bag hindered him in raising the shutter, he placed it on his two-wheeler.
In a flash, an unidentified youth lifted the bag believing it to containing jewels and fled. Rihas took a few moments to lock the shop again to track the youth who had by that time reportedly fled with his accomplice waiting with a bike. Rihas returned to the shop and narrated the incident to his family.
On his way to police station, Rihas received a call on his mobile phone stating that a laptop bag with his mobile number written on it had been found. Rihas rushed to the spot near Pachaiyappa’s College and collected his laptop from the autorickshaw driver.
“It appears that the jeweller received the call even before he could lodge a police complaint. Therefore, thefamily did not press for a complaint as the property was recovered”,said a senior police official.