BENGALURU:A pair of lovers allegedly tried to pocket a gold chain and escape from a jewellery store, but ended up behind bars.
Kishore Kumar (24), an HR executive at Samsung, and Kavitha (22), a process executive at Infosys, allegedly attempted the heist on Monday at a shop near Sarakki Circle.
J P Nagar police said they had caught them with a gold chain weighing 16 grams and worth `40,000.
Posing as a high-ranking police officer, Kumar went to Vimal Jewellers, owned by Suresh, at 2.15 pm. He was accompanied by Kavitha and bought a silver ornament to establish his credentials as a genuine customer. He then asked a sales attendant to show gold chains.
An attendant took out nine chains, and put them out for viewing. Kavitha allegedly diverted his attention to help Kishore slip a gold chain into his pocket.
When the attendant was putting the chains back, he found only eight. By then, the couple were about to leave the shop and Suresh found their movements suspect. He stopped them and informed the police.
Kishore threatened Suresh he would face dire consequences if he searched a high-ranking policeman. Still unsure, Suresh and his workers held the couple back, but did not frisk them.
Police said when they went to the shop and checked Kishore’s pockets, they found the chain. Later, Suresh registered a complaint. “Kishore and Kavitha are now in judicial custody,” a policeman said. Kishore was fascinated by the life of policemen and even carried a fake Army ID, police said. The two have been in love for a year-and-a-half. Kishore is an MBA and Kavitha is pursuing her MBA through distance education. They were allegedly splurging to impress each other.
Kishore earned `50,000 and Kavitha `30,000. But they had lied to each other that they were affluent. They used to spend lavishly whenever they met. But as the days went by, their middle-class reality came to light, police said.
“But their lavish life continued, and they needed money,” a policeman told Express. “Their modus operandi was unprofessional and showed them up quickly,” he added.