Burglars struck at a jewellery showroom, in Walajapet during the early hours of Wednesday and decamped with around 20 kg of silver ornaments worth about Rs 13 lakh.
Though the showroom, Jain Goldds, had a burglar alarm, the shop owner had failed to activate it. The incident came to light around 5 am, when the showroom owner Sajanrajan Jain saw the video footage on the CCTV in his house. He alerted police and rushed to the showroom, sources said.
SP of Vellore I Eswaran and Deputy SP of Police of Ranipet S P Lavanya rushed to the showroom.“The burglary took place between 3.42 am and 4.10 am,” the SP said citing the video footages in the CCTV. Fingerprint experts and forensic wing staff were pressed into action to pick up vital clues.
The four-member gang had climbed a banyan tree and broken open the backdoor of the first floor of the building to gain entry. They fled using the same route.
The SP said,“We have alerted police in Chennai and other districts and also sent pictures of the burglars from the video footage.”
Vigilance along Vellore-Chittoor border had been stepped up and lodges and hotels were being checked. “We have got vital clues that will help us nab the culprits soon,” Eswaran added.