CHENNAI:The locked first floor apartment of an IT professional in Royapettah became the target for burglars who decamped with valuables and cash on Wednesday night. According to sources, the occupants of the house informed police that at least 50 sovereigns of gold jewellery and several thousands in cash were missing.
Ajay Apartments situated on Hanumantha Road, Balaji Nagar, was in the news last year when an armed robbery took place in the residential complex. The theft on Wednesday took place in the apartment where Vijay, who works in an IT firm in Hyderabad, and his father Ramamurthy were staying. Two days ago, Ramamurthy had left the place to visit his daughters living abroad and Vijay was in Hyderabad.
The theft came to light when the milkman told security guard Varadarajan that the corridor light remained on in the first floor apartment and asked him if the family had returned. When a puzzled Varadarajan went to check on the house, he found the front door forced open. Varadarajan, who is one of the two guards on duty at the complex round the clock, immediately informed Vijay about the incident. He had informed beat police about the locked house two days ago.
On information, Vijay reached the city in the evening and enumerated the loss of property. But no complaint was lodged with Royapettah police who have jurisdiction over the locality till this report was filed.
It may be recalled that an unidentified gang escaped with gold and cash after gagging three women living in a third floor apartment in the complex in March 2014,. Ever since, the residents have become cautious. However, they have not installed CCTV cameras for surveillance as advised by police.