A gang of unidentified miscreants broke into a jewellery store after digging a 5-foot-long tunnel from a storm water drain and escaped with more than a kg of gold jewellery worth around Rs 35 lakh.
Police said Rajagopalan, the owner of Kairali Jewellers near Holy Family Church on Ramamurthynagar Main Road, had gone to Kerala with his family on Saturday night and the shop was closed. He found out about the theft when he opened the shop on Tuesday morning.
Miscreants dug a tunnel into the shop through the drain which runs near it and entered the store by breaking its flooring.
They did not touch silver articles. “It is suspected that the gang did a recce of the shop in advance. The shop neither had CCTV cameras nor security a guard,” K R Puram police added.
Storming their way through the Drains
June 24, 2011: In an incident that occurred right under the nose of Ulsoor police, thieves made away with gold and silver ornaments worth around Rs 55 lakh from Puja Jewellers on Bazaar Street. The miscreants dug open the first floor, above the shop to gain entry.
March 27, 2011: Robbers dug a 14-foot tunnel from an adjacent drain to gain entry into Bhavani Jewellers at Garudacharpalya in Mahadevapura. They decamped with 238 gm gold and 4.5 kg silver articles worth Rs 8 lakh.
June 13, 2009: Thieves entered SB Jewels in AME Layout in Vidyaranyapura by digging a tunnel to the store through a storm water drain and looted of seven kg of gold jewellery worth more than a `1 crore.