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Updated: April 10, 2014 01:00 IST

Beware of smart child guests at family functions

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Some of the stolen gold ornaments recovered by the police put on display at a media conference by Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
The Hindu Some of the stolen gold ornaments recovered by the police put on display at a media conference by Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

A couple of smartly turned out boys from North India, by their looks and language, easily mingled with other children in a couple of marriage functions in the city without raising any eyebrows. After some time the hosts found some jewellery missing from the bride’s room, and no one took any note of the fact that the kids too were missing.

It took some time for the police too to piece together evidence and find that these two boys were also seen at two other marriages where jewellery was stolen from the bride’s room. It then struck the police that the presence of the children at these functions was no accident and that they were the actual perpetrators of the crime.

These kids were trained by their handlers to mingle with the children in the marriage functions and then look for an opportunity to make away with valuables left unguarded in the bride or bridegroom’s chambers, City Police Commissioner B Shivadhar Reddy told media persons here on Wednesday.

Worse this is the common modus operandi of members of Chasi tribe of Kadia village in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. The male or female seniors use children for committing thefts. Sometimes they bring the children from their poor neighbour on hire basis for a complete year. These people live in tents near bus stations, railway stations or in lodges and can be found loitering around the function halls under the guise of selling old clothes.

In a case that was busted by the City police the perpetrators – Shekhar Yadav of Jharkhand – and Rajendra Kumar Sisodia of Khadiya village in Madhya Pradesh – along with their two juvenile accomplices committed theft of jewellery in bride’s room in a hotel in December last, in a function hall in February and another theft at a function hall at NAD Kotha Road.

Inspector of Police Crimes B Mohan Rao, Kancharpalem SI A Santosh Kumar, III Town CI L Mohana Rao, SI V.N. Murthy and their staff investigated the case and apprehended the criminals. The police recovered 506 grams out of 730 gm gold jewellery stolen in the three incidents.

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