A BURGLARY bid at a jewellery shop at Sector 20 market was foiled after a security alarm went off here on Thursday. The owners gave chase to the thief but ended up being beaten up by villagers after he was hit by their car.
The incident took place around 3 pm on the day of Holi on Thursday, when the shop, Rinku Jewellers, was closed, and shop owner Sanjay Kamboj, who lived in Sector 12, was at home.
“We have installed a security system with motion sensors in the shop; it goes off as soon as it detects any kind of movement, and a message is sent on our phone. So, when we received the message around 3 pm, we rushed to the shop and opened the shutter,” said Sanjay.
The hooter was still ringing, but since the jewellery shops have been lying closed for the last 20 days due to the nationwide strike, it went unnoticed by fellow shopkeepers.
Sanjay, who reached the shop along with his cousin Ankur Bhola and relative Naresh Bhola, was astounded to see an unidentified person in the shop, frantically putting jewellery items into his bag.
According to the police, the thief had entered the shop by breaking the wall which separated the shop from another showroom which has been lying closed for the last few months.
“They ran inside the shop, caught him and were looking for a rope to tie him, when he freed himself from their hold. He broke the glass door and escaped without the bag,” said Harish Bhola, another relative of Sanjay.
Sanjay and Naresh chased him in their car while Ankur ran after him. The thief turned towards Fatehpur village. After a trail lasting a few minutes, the thief was hit by Sanjay’s car and got injured. Soon thereafter, a large number of residents from Fatehpur village gathered at the spot, and began to beat up Sanjay, Ankur and Naresh. Taking advantage of the situation, the thief fled.
After sometime, Ankur managed to escape and called the police, which then controlled the situation. “We kept pleading, but they did not stop. We shouted that the person was a thief, but they did not listen,” said Harish.
A case under sections 454, 448 (trespassing), 380 (theft), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Sector 20 police station.
“We have registered a case and the investigation is on. Three residents of Fatehpur village who had allegedly beaten up the jewellers have been arrested. A search is on for the thief. We have got the CCTV footage,” said Inspector Manish Kumar, SHO, Sector 20.