Mangaluru, November 4, 2016: A daring incident of daylight theft at a jewellery shop has been reported from Car Street in the city. It is reported that at about 12 noon, an unidentified man entered the premises of Arun G. Shet Jewels and Diamond Works posing as a customer. At that time only the shop owner’s elderly father Gajanan Shet was present in the shop. The outlet which had opened only few months back, is situated adjacent to the local Corporation Bank branch.
A CCTV footage captured at 12:04 pm clearly shows the fake customer pretending to make enquiries about the items on display. Then the elderly person hands over a box containing what looks like a necklace to him. He picks it up and pretends to examine it and then points out to one more item in the shelf. When the elderly man turns around to access the requested item from the display shelf, the fake customer takes advantage of the distraction, seizes the ornament in his hand and bolts out of the shop. On turning around the shopkeeper realizes that he has been conned and tries to give him chase.
Arun G. Shet, the owner of the shop normally works in his workshop which is situated close by. He visits the sales counter only when his father summons him if there is a customer. The stolen ornament is a traditional ‘Jomalesara’ necklace. It is made of lightweight gold and valued at about Rs. 15,000/- “We normally put up only silver ornaments on display. But due to Diwali shopping, we had also introduced some gold items. The stolen gold ornament was the last piece left over from the Diwali sale,” said Arun G. Shet.
Complaint has been lodged with Bunder Police Station and Sub-inspector (crime) of Bunder station, M C Madan is investigating the case under the directions of circle inspector Shantharam. After studying the CCTV footage, the police have matched the theft with a similar incident at Mani village and concluded that this is a serial theft by the same person. The thief is believed to have acted alone and he had run towards Temple Square after the incident. “Some of the words he used while speaking to my father are normally used by Keralites. So he must have come from across the border,” Shet said.
Theft in jewellery shops is increasing these days and a break in was reported from another shop in car street on the busy Dasara night few weeks back.
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