VISAKHAPATNAM: A housewife was arrested by the city police here Monday for breaking into her neighbour’s flat and stealing 92 gm gold jewellery and 600 gm silver articles.
The accused, identified as V Kalpana, who is a resident of Devi Towers in Marripalem VUDA layout and wife of a private bank employee, has been produced in the court.
Additional DCP (Crimes) S Varada Rajulu told newsmen here Monday that Kalpana and software engineer B Radha were neighbours at Devi Towers apartment and they went on to become good friends. Kalpana used to help Radha by taking care of the latter’s mother who is physically challenged, in her absence. On August 21, Radha and her mother went to Chennai, for which Kalpana helped her with the packing. Radha left the house keys with her friend. However, Radha received a call from Kalpana on August 25 informing that burglars broke into her house and expressed fears that there was a theft.
Upon receiving a complaint from Radha after her return, the police team, led by inspector B Mohan Rao suspected Kalpana and other neighbours. During their investigation, they found that Kalpana had committed the offence and gave half of the stolen articles to another neighbour, Utpal Singh to keep them safe. As the police started investigation, she panicked and flushed the remaining half of the jewellery available with her in the toilet. The police said that Kalpana committed the offence but tried to mislead the victim. The police also registered a case against Utpal Singh for assisting Kalpana in committing the offence.