Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A jewellery store was allegedly burgled by a suspected juvenile who made a hole through one of its walls and decamped with about 250 gm of gold jewels and few kg of silver articles at J.J. Nagar early on Wednesday.

According to police sources, the shop owner, Mahendra Kumar (34) of Tirumangalam, opened the shop around 9.30 a.m. when he saw all the showcases empty. While the strong room containing large quantity of jewellery was untouched, jewels kept in rakes were missing.

“We suspect the involvement of a juvenile as the hole was small and narrow. A liquor bottle was found in the scene of crime. It is mainly a pawn shop and we have asked the owner to account for the jewels that he claimed to have lost,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Central) V.A. Ravikumar said.

Fingerprint experts and sniffer dogs were pressed into service.

The density of concrete in the wall was loose enabling the suspect to make the hole easily with a small tool. “There are about 11 such cases reported in and around the city. We are trying to look for similarities. But this does not seem to be the handiwork of professional burglars. Investigators are following some clues,” he said.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Anna Nagar) said M.T. Ganesamoorthy said the complainant could no account for the loss.

“He has no records to account for the quantum of jewels reported missing. Going by his daily transactions, we have registered a case of theft of gold and silver worth about Rs. 2 lakh,” he said.

Special teams of the J.J. Nagar police are investigating, Mr. Ganesamoorthy said.