Minor girl makes way with Rs 90K, caught on camera

Breaks into electronics shop on Janpath

 In an audacious burglary, a minor girl allegedly broke into an electronics showroom in Janpath and decamped with Rs 90,000 from the cash counter in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The theft at the Samsung store that left police in a tizzy has been captured on CCTV cameras installed in the showroom.

A case of theft and lurking house trespass was filed on the basis of the showroom owner’s statement. “The girl is yet to be identified, but apparently looks to be a minor. We believe she is a vagabond and investigators are trying to identify her by her clothes,” a police officer said.

The theft came to light when the cashier came to the showroom at 11 am. “Cashier Narendra Kumar had kept Rs 90,000 in the cash counter on Monday evening to deposit in bank on Tuesday morning,” the officer added.

Narendra found the cash missing, after which he and other staff checked the CCTV footage. “The footage had a girl inside the showroom at 4.48 am, and she was seen taking the cash,” the officer said.

Barakhamba Road police station was informed about the theft, following which a case was registered.

Police was told that the cash counter and the showroom were properly locked when staff left at 9 pm on Monday.

SBS Tyagi, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), however, said that initial probe revealed that the iron shutter of the showroom could be slightly opened.

“The glass door of the showroom was also kept open,” Tyagi added. The officer, however, could not confirm the security arrangements maintained by the showroom.  
“We believe that the girl managed to enter the showroom by slightly opening the iron shutter. We have not identified the accused, but we are hoping to crack the case as soon as possible,” Tyagi said.

The owner of the showroom, Ghaziabad-resident Karan Aggarwal, refused to comment and refused to reveal the security arrangements.  According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 7,205 juveniles were arrested for theft by Delhi Police last year, which included 207 girls. The data revealed that 101 of the 207 were in the age group of 16-18, 75 in 12-16 years and 31 in 7-12 years.

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