Milan Jewelers is located merely 500 meters from the Ghantaghar Police Station. On Sunday evening, a team of robbers looted the shop in broad daylight and walked away with Gold and Silver ornaments.
As per witnesses in the area, some people observed a man roaming outside the shop. On being questioned, he gave a vague response and went away, only to return and sat near Milan Jewelers. Earlier the three crooks were seen near the shop by onlookers, who did not suspect anything untoward.
The recce being done by them earlier, one of the three entered the building through the roof of an adjacent building and entered the shop after cranking open a simple door locked from the inside. Once in the shop, the thief put the ornaments – amounting to 700 gms of Gold ornaments, consisting of tops, earrings, pendels, bangles, etc in an empty water camper. He also dumped 20 kg of silver ornaments in the camper. Another 15 kg of silver ornaments were put into a gunnybag and kept outside the bylane near the shop.
After completing this exercise, the man in the shop reentered the adjacent building through which they had entered the shop and conveniently gave it to his associates who walked off with the water camper. Earlier, on entering the shop, the thief cut off the wires of the CCTV cameras installed in the shop. Thus the police could not find out the route taken by the thief.
Once the water camper was out of sight, the thief lingered on in the area with the silver ornament filled gunnybag, and around 6pm, when he noticed a few people in the vicinity, he left the bag near a garbage dump. A cleaner picked up the bag from the garbage dump, found ornaments inside and gave it to another shopkeeper in the area, who kept the bag with himself and called Prem Singh, owner of Milan. Once on location, Premsingh tried opening the shop but it was locked from inside. He entered the shop from the rear entrance and the theft was discovered.
CCTV footage that was retrieved was not clear enough to identify the thieves.