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Break-in, theft at convent school in Vasant Vihar

Masked men steal Rs 12,000 from principal’s office, police suspect inside job.

A policeman stands guard outside Holy Child Auxilium School on Friday. (Source:Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal) A policeman stands guard outside Holy Child Auxilium School on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

A break-in and theft was reported from a convent school in Vasant Vihar, South Delhi, on Friday. Police said Rs 12,000 was stolen from the office of the principal of Holy Child Auxilium School.

The assailants, four persons wearing masks, were caught on CCTV cameras installed on the premises. Police suspect it to be an insider’s job since the watch dogs at the school did not raise the alarm when the assailants entered the school campus.

Police said they received a call from the school administration on Friday morning. School officials told police that the Rs 8,000 had been stolen from a drawer in the principal’s office.

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Another Rs 4,000 was taken from collection boxes in the office.

According to the school authorities, the assailants arrived at the rear gate of the school around 2 am and proceeded to the main building, where the principal’s ground-floor office is located.

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They disconnected the CCTV cameras installed at the end of the floor, but not before they were captured on it.

“After snapping the wires, they broke the lock of the principal’s office and stole the money. There were two guards and three dogs on the premises. The dogs did not bark or raise the alarm, which suggests that the accused may be persons who work at the school or frequent it.

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We have registered a case of theft and are investigating it,” a senior police officer said.

Principal Lucy John said, “Money was stolen but no religious items were touched. The trophy cabinet is also intact. It seems to be a case of theft.”

The principal and six other sisters live on the school premises. However, they found out about the incident only when the principal entered her office around 7 am.

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When students turned up for classes, they were asked to go back home. However, around 50 students of Class XII, who had CBSE practical examinations scheduled for Friday, were allowed to sit for the exams.

Teachers said classes will resume on Monday.

Meanwhile, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who is an alumnus, made a visit to the school.

Newly appointed MLA from the area, Parmila Tokas, and members of the Delhi archdiocese also paid the school a visit.

First published on: 14-02-2015 at 03:28 IST
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