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Burglars drill hole, loot gold

Chennai: 16/11/2017, For City: Gold theft in the Mahalakshmi pawn shop at Kadappa Road,Kolathur. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Chennai: 16/11/2017, For City: Gold theft in the Mahalakshmi pawn shop at Kadappa Road,Kolathur. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Burglars drilled a hole in the ceiling of a pawn shop in Kolathur and stole nearly 3 kg of gold jewellery on Thursday.

According to police, Mahalakshmi Jewellery is situated on New Lakshmipuram, Kadappa Road, Kolathur. “Everyday I go for lunch between 1 p.m and 4 p.m. On Thursday afternoon too I had gone to my house. When I returned, I saw the jewellery stolen,” said Mukesh, the shop owner. The CCTV camera and the recorder were also stolen.

He said that inside he saw a hole 1.5 feet × 1.5 feet on the ceiling, which was enough for a lean person to enter. “I suspect two persons from Pali district in Rajasthan who had approached the building owner Pandurangan to take a shop on top of ours on rent,” he added.

Police suspect that the burglars would have downed the shutters of the shop they had taken on rent under the pretext of painting it and then drilled the hole.

Kumar, who works in a temple opposite the shop, said that the CCTV camera in his premises, facing the shop, was deflected using a stick. Sniffer dogs were pressed into service. Forensic experts have taken finger prints from the scene of crime.


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