Footage recorded by secret cameras helped the police on Saturday solve a jewellery shop burglary in Begum Bazar reported 14 days ago and in recovering stolen property worth Rs. 93 lakh.
While six ‘burglars' were caught, one more possessing part of the stolen property was still at large, Central Zone DCP Tarun Joshi, said at a press conference. All the six hailed from Rajasthan and had come to Hyderabad for livelihood.
The accused -- Narayan Singh Rajpurohit (26), Rajraam Kumavath (23), Gopal Singh Rajpurohit (23), Mahender Chowdary (23), Jalam Singh (22) and Ramesh Kumar (25), hatched a plot to burgle Rudrangi Prakash Jewellers in Siddiamber Bazar.
On the intervening night of May 27 and 28, the gang went to the shop in a DCM van. While others stood guard outside, Mahender and Jalam Singh climbed up a tree adjacent to the shop and went up the terrace of the three-storeyed building.
Dig a hole
They dug a hole on the slab of the building and entered inside.
“Apparently the accused knew about the secret cameras installed at different points in the building, including the rooftop, and damaged some of them,” the DCP said. One of the accused wore a helmet so as not to get identified.
The burglars reached the shop located on the ground floor using the staircase and stayed there for nearly three hours. They collected gold ornaments and silver articles weighing 2.15 kg and 72 kg respectively, stuffed them in a bag and threw it down from the terrace.
They fled in the van and later distributed the booty among themselves. “Before distribution, the gang weighed each article to asses the value of the property,” the police said. The accused were identified based on the video footage recorded by a camera in the shop.
The investigators found that Mahender had burgled a jewellery shop by digging a hole in the wall in Mahankali Street earlier. He and his gang members had burgled shops in a similar fashion in Bangalore and Kurnool too, the DCP said.