BENGALURU: A gang of four men, who posed as customers, stole jewellery from a shop and assaulted an employee. The incident took place in Dwarakanagar in Bagaluru near Yelahanka on Friday around 7.20am.
A senior police officer said that Gopal, an employee of Rajalakshmi Jewels, opened the shop when three men entered on the pretext of buying jewellery. The men waited for Gopal to open the locker where the gold was kept. They then started pouring kerosene on the floor and disconnected the CCTV camera.
When Gopal stepped out from the counter, he slipped on the kerosene and fell. One of the men pinned him down and threatened him that they would set him on fire if he raised an alarm. The other two men packed the gold in a bag and took the digital video recorder (DVR) connected to the CCTV camera. The shop owner Govind Singh alerted police soon after the incident.
A police officer said a fourth man was waiting outside the shop, wearing a helmet and the gang escaped on motorbikes. Gopal told police that the men who attacked him were not wearing masks and that a day ago, he had seen one of them near Panchami Hotel in the area. Police have obtained footage from CCTV cameras installed in the surrounding area.
Speaking to Express, Govind’s brother Gajendra Singh told Express that after the gang escaped, Gopal rushed to the nearby Panchami Hotel and informed the staff there about the robbery.
The hotel staff then called Govind who alerted the police. He said the accused escaped with gold worth `2 crore and cash of `1.3 lakh.