Burglars broke into the residence of a retired State government employee at Choolaimedu while he was away visiting relatives in Anna Nagar, on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Radhakrishnan (60), who retired as the drugstore head of Egmore Government Maternity Hospital, was residing on the ground floor apartment of ‘Annai Flats’ in Sadpudeen Street, situated diagonally opposite to the Choolaimedu Post Office in the city.
Radhakrishnan locked the house before leaving for his relative’s place around 11.30 am. He returned to his home at 5 pm to find the door locks picked.
He rushed inside only to find the steel bureaus where he had kept the valuables, wiped out of all his belongings.
The victim recalled that 100-120 sovereigns of gold jewels was missing from his flat.
Curiously, none in the neighbourhood too had noticed anything suspicious when Radhakrishnan was away.
Police pressed sniffer dogs squad into service, but no clues could be found as the dogs ran a few metres away from the house and stopped.
A team of fingerprint experts from the Forensic Wing were also called to pick some impressions and other evidences from the scene of crime.
Police suspect that the break-in could have been the handiwork of persons known to the family who might have ensured that the inmates will not return for a few hours before they broke into the house.