Robbers struck at a jewellery store on a busy road in Rajajinagar on Friday evening and made away with gold jewels after attacking the security guard. The guard, Ganapathi, who sustained severe injuries, has been hospitalised and is said to be critical. At around 6.45 pm, two unidentified men came on a motorcycle to the Chemmannur Jewellers on 19th Main in Rajajinagar’s I Block.
While one of them waited near the vehicle, the other attacked the guard with an iron rod. He then entered the shop and attacked the staff with pepper spray. Though Shaji Thomas, the manager, tried to catch him, the robber hit him with the iron rod and escaped with some jewels.
“The robber who entered the shop had covered his face with a monkey cap while the one at mobike was wearing a helmet that covered his face. Since most of the jewels were kept locked in showcases, they could lay hands only on a couple of gold chains, whose exact value is yet be ascertained. The entire episode took just two minutes,” police said.
“The shop had only one security guard. Though CCTV cameras were installed recently, they were not functioning. The miscreants might have studied the situation during earlier visits and planned the robbery. However, there have left no clues ,” said H S Revanna (DCP North).
“I was crossing the road while the robbers tried to escape. When someone tried to catch the masked man, he was threatened with the rifle they had snatched from the security guard,” said Nagaraju, a local.
Police have registered a case.