Ram Chander and Sandeep Kumar devised the plan to steal and sell the gold dagger to repay their debt of Rs 25,000 each, said sources Thursday.
“There was a plate, statues and boxes inside the showcase, but they did not touch these items. Both were eying only the dagger, which weighs around 400 grams,” the sources added.
“Chander and Kumar regularly abused drugs, consumed liquor and gambled. This is how they ran up debt,” said a police officer. Both earned Rs 7,000 per month, but led and chased a lifestyle beyond their means, the officer added.
Chander’s family expressed shock over his arrest. His brother Michael said, “He did not have any requirement for money lately, why would he do it?”
Chander’s family said he was called to the police station for inquiry Wednesday night and did not return. “In the morning, his wife called me up and I went to the police station,” said Chander’s eldest brother Ramesh.
Deepak, a neighbour, said, “Yesterday, Chander came back from work and we spoke. He broke into tears and said someone had stolen a dagger from his workplace and all the staff would lose their jobs.”