In a shocking incident, gold ornaments weighing almost 17.5 sovereigns were reportedly stolen from the bag of a housewife while she was travelling in a bus. The housewife, residing at Kulathoor, who didn’t want to be named, was carrying the ornaments to SBT, Medical College branch, to keep them in the locker when the incident occurred.
According to the lady, she had recently taken home the ornaments - three necklaces, a bangle and two sets of earrings - from the bank locker for her daughter who had to attend a friend’s marriage.
She boarded a low-floor bus reportedly plying between Venjaramoodu and East Fort via Bypass. The lady boarded the bus from near Kulathoor and got down at Pettah and then caught a bus heading to the Medical College. It was when she alighted at the Medical College stop that she discovered that the boxes in which she had kept the ornaments were missing. She searched the bag and found that the zipper had been opened. She then lodged a complaint at the Medical College police station.
“ I had kept the ornaments in two boxes, a small one and a large one. The bus was crowded and I, on two or three occasions, had opened the bag and ensured that the boxes were there intact. Maybe the culprit would have noticed this and sensed that something important was being carried in the bag. But I am not sure where the theft occurred. The bus that I boarded from Pettah was not crowded. Looking at the way the zipper was found open I think it would have been opened with a pen or pencil,” the woman said.
Medical College police, meanwhile, said that they have received a complaint in this regard but added that more details were not available.