How CCTV, strongroom failed to stop Rs 25 crore heist at Delhi jeweler

The thieves entered through the roof of the four-storey building.

New Delhi:

Thieves ransacked a jewelery store in south Delhi’s Jangpora and fled with jewelery worth Rs 20-25 crore. The incident took place between Sunday evening and this morning at Umrao Jewelers in Bhogal area.

CCTV cameras were disconnected and a hole was punched in the strong room (locker) as part of the dastardly plan that led to the massive heist.

Officials said the thieves entered through the roof of the four-storey building and reached the ground floor where the strong room was located.

Then they cut a hole in its wall to enter the strong room where the jewels were kept. Apart from stealing, they also escaped with the jewelery kept in the showroom.

The owner of the showroom, who had locked the showroom on Sunday evening, discovered the theft on opening the showroom this morning. The shop is closed on Mondays.

Police are looking at everything recorded on CCTV before the thieves cut off their contact. No one has been arrested yet.

A similar incident took place yesterday in Ambala, Haryana, where thieves broke into a cooperative bank and stole jewelery and other valuables.

Police said they used a gas cutter to cut a hole in the wall and break 32 lockers to enter the bank. The theft came to light on Monday morning as the bank was closed for the weekend.

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