Jewellery shop burgled; Rs 19-lakh valuables stolen

Burglars drill 2-ft hole at back of shop in open space

Jewellery shop burgled;  Rs 19-lakh valuables stolen

Burglars have made away with gold and silver ornaments besides cash, all valued at Rs 19.5 lakh, by drilling a two-foot wide hole at the back of a jewellery shop on Sampige Road in Malleswaram.

The burglary was discovered on Tuesday when the shop owner, Suresh, arrived at 9 am to open the store on 10th Cross Sampige Road. He found articles lying scattered. He also noticed the hole at the back of the shop, police said.

The suspects had drilled the hole to enter the shop and decamped with 31-kg silver articles, 100-gm gold ornaments and Rs 25,000 kept in the cash box, police added.

The burglars took advantage of the open space at the back of the shop where people dumped garbage and other waste. The suspects probably took shelter in an empty box abandoned close to the back wall of the shop and conveniently drilled the hole as it was raining heavily and there was little public movement.

Suresh and his son Sanjay have been doing business in the area for decades. Sampige Jewellers is housed in an old and dilapidated structure.

“We did not open the shop on Monday on account of a religious ritual. We locked the shop on Sunday at 9 pm,” Suresh said. He had purchased and kept a large quantity of silver and gold articles for the upcoming festival.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order-West) S Ravi, DCP (North) Sandeep Patil and other senior officers visited the spot.

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