Success seems to elude the district police in solving theft and robbery cases. The year gone by can be termed as one of the worst for the district police as regards maintaining law and order as it saw a spate of robberies almost every month. Though there was a lull initially,May onwards,there was a rise in number of thefts in residential as well as commercial areas. All these cases,however,remain unsolved,even as the top brass has maintained all along that these cases are being investigated thoroughly and the police are hot on the trail of suspects. A run down on the unsolved cases.
June 29,2009:Thieves break into a godown of a pharmaceutical company in Industrial Area and decamp with medicines worth Rs 25 lakh. They break the lock to gain entrance and take away only light-weight and costly medicines. Police suspect it to be the handiwork of people with a good knowledge of pharmaceuticals.
August 12,2009:Two youths,probably in their mid-30s,pose as government employees and and tell a liquor vendor in Mansa Devi Complex that they have come for an inspection. They then loot Rs 25,000 at gunpoint and speed away towards Chandigarh on a motrocycle.
October 13,2009:Nine weapons,including four pistols,two rifles,two revolvers and a gun looted from a gun shop in Swastik Vihar,Mansa Devi.
November 23,2009:Three car-borne youths with faces covered threaten the cashier of the Electricity Department in Sector 19 with a gun,while he is taking out the days collection to the sub-divisional officer in the same building. They rob him of Rs 18 lakh and flee in a white Maruti Zen.
May 2010:Thieves break into as many as five shops in shopping centres of Sector 11 and 7 and decamp with cash and other goods,including mobile phones and confectionery products. They also strike at the house of a retired Army officer in Sector 12,while he is away for a weekend,and decamp with cash worth Rs 1 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh.