Mangaluru: There has been an alarming increase in the number of theft cases in and around Katipalla and Krishnapura during the past few months. Lack of awareness about the need to use bank lockers to keep the valuables results in thefts in most cases.
A house belonging to Abdul Jaleel and family which is located in front of Brahmashri Narayana Guru ITI was targeted by thieves when the owners were away. They had locked their house on Friday night and travelled to Bengaluru to attend a wedding. The front door was secured from inside with a latch and the backdoor was locked from outside.
When they returned on Sunday morning, they were greeted by the shocking break-in incident. A ladder lying around was used by the thieves to gain access into the house through the roof by sliding the tiles.
Gold ornaments worth Rs 2 lakh kept in a wardrobe and Rs 23,000 were taken away. They seem to have walked out through the main door. Curiously, they did not have to break open any lock.
The ignition key of a motorbike kept in the veranda was left on it. After the theft, the thieves appeared to have gone around on a joyride and left it behind after some time.
The Suratkal police said that the neighbours informed them about the front door being open on Saturday morning, while the owners were in Bengaluru. They inspected the place on Saturday but had to wait until the return of the owners on Sunday.
They said that lack of precautions and a casual attitude on the part of the owners were evident. Leaving the ladder outside, stocking the gold in a tiled house instead of depositing in a bank locker and not securing the house with strong locks from both sides etc. made the theft much easier for the miscreants, they said.