Thieves Walk Away With 30 Kg Of Gold Ornaments in Kammanahalli Heist
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
This is the biggest jewellery robbery Bangalore has seen — a daring
heist in the morning and right in the middle of a busy area. Loot was
worth a jaw-dropping Rs 4 crore. It is 10.45 am on Saturday. The
Chemmanur Jewellery Showroom in the busy Kammanahalli area is partially
open. Keeping one shutter open, nine employees, including four women,
begin arranging the jewel display boxes to open the showroom at 11 am.
The employees obviously are not expecting any customers and they go
about their work quietly. What unfolds soon is the stuff of the
movies. A man enters through the open shutter and points a gun at them.
His other five associates follow him with pistols in their hands. Before
the shocked staff could react, the robbers force the employees into the
locker room and snatch their mobile phones. Holding a gun, one stands
guard at the locker room door, while the other five grab all the gold
jewellery in the showroom, conversing in four languages —Kannada,
Tamil, Hindi and English — all the time. Surprisingly, the robbers
don’t close the shutter door, nor do they touch silver articles. Before
leaving the place, the gang damages the four closed-circuit TV cameras.
Taking the booty — over 30 kg of gold jewels and Rs 3 lakh in cash —
they flee in a grey Indica car. The operation which began at 10.45 am lasted just over 20 minutes. The CCTVs
have captured the entire crime, up to the point of they being damaged.
The employees alerted their bosses and the police. Since the robbers
were not wearing gloves, forensic experts have lifted fingerprint
samples. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Gopal B Hosur said these were major clues and would help in nabbing the culprits soon. The CCTV, which the Sunday Times of
India saw, showed that the robbers did not have any signs of urgency or
tension while executing the crime. Through the open shutter, which was
not shut, the movement of people on the road can be seen. GONE IN 20
MINUTES: The photo-grab from the CCTV cameras inside the jewellery store
in Kammanahalli where the robbers struck on Saturday morning. One of
the robbers can be seen flashing a gun Hosur
said, “It is a pre-planned attack. Their casual approach shows they are
professionals. They might have visited the place several times and
studied the situation. They have gathered details about how the showroom
operates, the security system and the employee strength, and have
struck. But we are not yet sure, whether the weapons were real.” Chemmanur
Jewellery GM Radhakrishnan said: “This is one of our main showrooms.
We’ve a good security system, both men and gadgets. But the incident
occurred when the security men were changing shifts. Employees could not
do much as the robbers were flashing guns.” He said the
showroom will be opened on Sunday. Of the 18 showrooms the Chemmanur
Jewellers have in the state, seven are in Bangalore.