In a daring gold heist, members of a suspected professional gang gained entry into the Tanishq jewellery store at Panjagutta by making a hole in the rear wall and decamped with 18 kg gold and 12 kg precious stones, worth total Rs 22 crore in the early hours of Saturday.
Police suspect three persons, including a minor, executed the theft, while some others kept a watch outside the store. There were no security staff at the store when the offence took place.
Between 3.30 am and 5.30 am, unidentified persons who covered their faces with masks, and wore gloves and socks, gained entry into the store by making a hole of 13 inches width and 20 inches height to an incompletely built wall in the rear. A minor and a differently abled person collected the ornaments, diamonds etc from nine showcases and packed them in plastic covers, said additional deputy commissioner KR Nagaraju.
Around 10.30 am, the staff who opened the store noticed the hole in the wall and found some ornaments missing. They alerted the management who informed the Punjagutta police.
Police came to the place along with clues team, sniffer dogs and collected some samples from the scene of offence. Police found chilli powder sprinkled at various places by the offenders to avoid detection by sniffer dogs.
Police, however, found the CCTV footage of the crime.
The store management lodged a complaint with Punjagutta police.
Police suspect that the offenders might have conducted a recee before executing their plan. Police asked the management to submit the CCTV footage of past one month.
They suspect that the offenders might have been visited the store before posing as customers.
Police have started collecting details of accused who had been arrested in house burgling cases, shop thefts by making holes to walls earlier in the city. The offenders used the latest silencer-fitted tools in making hole to the wall. Police see the hand of gangs from Bihar and Gujarat, with expertise in opening locked shutters and making holes in walls.
NO night SECURITY
The jewellery shop management failed to post security during nights. Even as more than three security personnel are on duty in front of the store during day time, there was no security at night. The management also left the rear wall without closing the bricks with concrete and proper plastering.