CHENNAI: In a brief two-hour interval when the inmates were away, burglars on Sunday broke open the house of a businessman at Rayala Nagar and looted half a kg of gold, two-and-half kg of silver and `14 lakh in cash.
Police said the inmates were away from the residence between 9 pm and 10.45 pm when the burglars broke open the doors and looted the huge quantity of valuables from the house.
Narasiman Lal, 48, a resident of Kamarajar Salai at Ramapuram, runs a hardware shop and a pawn broker shop. On April 12, Narasiman Lal, along with his wife and younger daughter, left for Rajasthan to visit a relative. Two of his sons and four other relatives, who also work in Lal’s shop, were staying in the house.
“On Sunday around 9 pm, the inmates locked the house and went out to visit another relative’s house at Kolapakkam to have dinner. When they returned around 10.45 pm, they found the door and cupboards broke open and the valuables missing,” said an inspector investigating the case.
The police have collected footages of a CCTV camera installed in the shop located on the ground floor in the same building. Fingerprint experts visited the spot and lifted three imprints from the two-floor building and are tracing the identity of the culprits. Police suspect the role of insiders and a probe is on.