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Cash, jewellery stolen from businessman's house

TAKING STOCK: The resident shows the boxes from which the cash and valuables were stolen on Saturday. — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

TAKING STOCK: The resident shows the boxes from which the cash and valuables were stolen on Saturday. — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan  

P. Oppili

CHENNAI: : Three-and-half kg of gold jewellery and Rs. 3.28 lakhs in cash, totally valued at Rs. 22 lakhs, was stolen from a flat on a multi-storeyed apartment on Barnaby Road, Kilpauk, on Friday.

The victim, Jeevan M. Jain, a businessman trading in gold jewellery, said that when the theft took place, he was in Nellore. His mother, Manchi Bai (68), had gone to a nearby hospital around 7.30 a.m. leaving the house under the control of Baskar, cook. When she returned home half-an-hour later, she found the house locked.

When she went inside using a spare key, the room, where the jewellery and cash were kept, was open and valuables missing from the bureau. She immediately informed him. He rushed back and filed a complaint with the Kilpauk police.

Mr. Jain said that about 10 days ago, Ravi, the cook, went on leave. He brought his relative, Baskar, to work in his place. Baskar was given a duplicate key. Mr. Jain said that he suspected Baskar of tracing the key to the room where the jewellery and cash was kept and taking them away.

Sunil Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Central Zone, said the police received information that Baskar could have escaped to his native place in Orissa. Following this, a team had gone there to nab him. About half-a-dozen fingerprints were lifted from the scene of crime. Mr. Sunil Kumar reiterated the Commissioner's suggestion to residents that they inform police before appointing male/maid servants. They can approach the nearest police station and inform them about the person they desire to employ. They can leave information such as the contact address and persons, any phone number and other related information, besides a copy of the photograph of the employee.

On request, police will also conduct a background verification check about the employee for the benefit of the employer. This will act as a deterrent against criminal intentions and even in case, an employee committed an office, tracing him or her will be easy, he added.

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