A gang of three thieves had a field day on Thursday when it went around the city in a Maruti Zen car and tried to rob three jewellery shops. But the gang struck it big only at Shrungar Jewellers located on CG Road and was able to get away with gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs73.90 lakh from there. Along the way, the thieves also tried to burgle a bank and a forex shop but did not get anything from these places.
When the owner of Shrungar Jewellers opened their establishment on Thursday morning, they were shocked to find that some thieves had broken into their shop and taken away gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs73.90 lakh. Shrungar Jewellers is located in Ratnam Complex on CG Road.
Police said that Shrungar Jewellers was the second to be raided by the thieves who tried their luck at two other jewellery shops, one before the Shrungar Jewellers raid and the last after it.
At around 5 in the morning on Thursday, the thieves tried to break into Regent Exclusive Jewellers located at Panchvati circle. Unable to lay their hand on any jewellery, they picked up a laptop worth Rs 35,000 and left the place. The thieves also tried to break into Meera forex company which is on the same campus as the Regent jewellers.
Regent jewellers not only proved to be a disappointment for the thieves but, unknown to the gang, also captured their images on the CCTV camera installed on its premises.
“Three people were involved in the raids at all the jewellery shops. The CCTV footage shows that the thieves were at Regent jewellers at 5:54 am on Thursday morning. About two hours later they were on CG Road. The watchman who had seen them near the CG Road jewellery shop later identified them when he saw the CCTV footage,” said NB Nakum, police inspector at Navrangpura police station who is investigating the case. The CCTV footage may prove crucial in helping the police track down the thieves.
The owner of Regent Exclusive Jewellers has lodged a complaint with the Gujarat university police station.
From Panchavati, the thieves went to CG Road where they successfully broke into Shrungar Jewellers and made away with gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs73.90 lakh. The owner of this jewellery shop, Ketan Shah, has lodged a complaint of theft with the Navrangpura police station.
According to the FIR in this case, a security guard Darshan Singh Yadav told the police that when he saw two people going into Ratnam Complex, he had accosted them. A safai kamdar at the complex, Revaben, also said that she had seen two people carrying heavy bags drive away in a Maruti Zen car at around 7.15am.
Police officials said that despite the notification by the commissioner of police, Shrungar Jewellers did not have CCTV cameras installed on the premises. Not a single shop in the complex has a security system, which is against the rules, the officials said.
Shrungar Jewellers does not have a CCTV but it does have a security system. When the thieves broke into the shop early on Thursday morning, the security alarm went off and alerted a private security firm at around 7.05am.
“The security firm had alerted the owners of the jewelley shop but they did not inform the police control room. Instead, they rushed to the showroom,” said a police officer. The owners informed the police 15 minutes after entering the showroom. On learning of the burglary, the police, the dog squad and forensic experts rushed to the spot.
Police said that after robbing Shrungar Jewellers, the thieves targeted Zaveri Brothers Shop and the Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur branch which are located in Abhishri Complex opposite Star Bazar but they were unsuccessful in both these places.
When the thieves were trying to break into the bank, they sprayed black chemical on the lens of two CCTV cameras located at the entry of the bank, the police said. Bank manager, Gajendra Singh, said that they will take the help of technical experts and try to identify the people involved in the theft attempt.
In-charge deputy commissioner of police for Zone 1, Sharad Singhal, said that the thieves involved in the loot had been identified but they are yet to be caught.
“All the shops were raided by the same gang. We have identified the thieves but are yet to trace them. We are taking the help of the crime branch in the investigation,” Singhal said. Late in the evening on Thursday, the police were questioning the security guard and the safai kamdar of Ratnam Complex.