The robbery that shocked the city was committed at a time when the police were concentrating to maintain the law and order at the St Mary’s Church at Thrikkunnathu Seminary in Aluva. Most of the police personnel were deployed at the seminary following the arrest of Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of the Jacobite faction of the Malankara Church in the early hours of Saturday after he, accompanied by three bishops, a group of 15 priests, and around a hundred laymen, allegedly entered the church forcibly and offered mass. The police suspected that the thieves entered the house between 1 am and 2.30 am on Sunday. According to Rural SP Satish Bino, it is true that most policemen were deployed at the church area, but it could not be a motive for the theft. The police team, including senior officials, were at the area till Sunday morning since the issue was sensitive. According to sources on conditions of anonymity, the thieves were emboldened to commit the theft as there were not many cops to monitor law and order in the area. The incident happened at Pulinchuvadu near the National Highway, around six kilometre away from the Aluva Police Station. “The thieves were aware that no one was present in the house. They also took the benefit of the opportunity,” sources said. Meanwhile, the seminary church and its surroundings, most prominently the tombs of the four fathers of the Malankara Church, looked like a fortress with a large number of policemen barring entry into the premises. Barricades were erected to prevent anyone from straying into the premises. Family Members were Away For the past three days, the family members were away from home at a private hospital here where Fyjas’ elder daughter was undergoing treatment. On Saturday Fyjas came to the house and left after a while. Police said the gold kept in the electronic locker was also stolen. “The burglars broke in through the kitchen window using an axo blade to break the grill. The bedroom door was also found broken open. Police suspect the hand of more than one person in the theft which came to light when one of the neighbours informed the house owner that the door was found open. A special investigation team was constituted under the leadership of Aluva DySP V K Sanil Kumar. The police are also probing the source of the stolen valuables although in the preliminary inquiry it has been found that the complainant is financially sound to have such articles at home, sources said.