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Thieves strike in posh areas of city; decamp with goods worth Rs 8 lakh

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 8:47am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Houses of two software techies and Tata Motors staffer targetted in Baner, Chinchwad and Katraj

Pune: If you are planning to go on a vacation, business trip or at your workplace, make sure to keep all safety measures in place before leaving your house. The city witnessed three burglaries in posh areas of Baner, Chinchwad and Katraj, where thieves decamped with goods worth Rs 8 lakh in the past three days.
Amit Kondhare (30), a software techie and a resident of Rohan Leher Society in Baner has lodged a complaint with the Chatuhshrungi police station saying that thieves made away with Rs 30,000 cash, silver and gold ornaments all worth Rs 2.60 lakh when he along with his family had gone to cast their votes.
Senior inspector Arun Sawant said, "The Kondhares had gone for voting around 11 am on Thursday and later their kids insisted on utilising the holiday as a family picnic instead of going back home. Around 5.30 pm, they returned home and found the main door of the house open and the cash and ornaments stolen."
In the second incident, Sudhir Igawale (42), who works as an operator with Tata Motors company, was shocked to find his bungalow ransacked between 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursday. He had gone to book a train ticket for Sangli when the incident took place. Igawale, a resident of Ratandeep Niwas, Valekarwadi in Chinchwad, said that thieves took away Rs 5,000, a laptop, two mobile handsets and gold ornaments totally valued at Rs 3.06 lakh.
Speaking to dna, Igawale said, "Me and my wife had gone to the Nigdi railway station to confirm our tickets. Around 9 pm, we retuned home and saw some thieves inside our bedroom. The moment I raised an alarm, they escaped with the booty. My wife is in a state of shock as we had planned to attend our relative's wedding in Sangli. We have lost 17 tolas of gold which were kept in the locker. Now, we have cancelled our plans to attend the wedding."
Assistant police inspector Dilip Salunke said, "The burglars gained access into the house through the kitchen window by breaking the iron rods. We are investigating the case."
In yet another incident, the house of a software techie was burgled at Datta Vihar, Sukhsagarnagar in Katraj. Prayag Kalpavruksha (36), who works with a mobile company, and his accountant wife had left for their workplace around 10 am on Wednesday. When they came back around 9 in the evening, they were shocked to see goods worth Rs 2.38 lakh were stolen from their house.
Inspector in-charge of Bharati Vidyapeeth police station M B Chavan said, "The robbers entered the house by breaking the latch of the main door and took away the valuables. It has been revealed that the watchman's wife looks after the entire building in the morning while her husband keeps guard during the night."

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