Rs 13 lakh robbery at Margao garment shop

Some unknown persons effected entry into a shop selling readymade garments in Margao and committed theft of costly sarees and other material, worth around `13 lakh and cash of about `35,000. The shop belongs to Mr Shaik Jina.

Margao police informed that the incident took place on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The thieves gained entry into the premises by breaking the iron grills at the back of the shop. It is interesting to note that two years back, the shop located opposite to this shop was looted.

Police team visited the site and conducted the crime scene investigations. They said offence under section 457 and 380 of IPC for damaging shop and for committing theft has been registered.

According to the information available, the thieves committed theft of sarees, shervanis, wedding suits and other costly material that was on sale in the shop. Police said that as per the complaint lodged at the police station, cash of `35,000, which was kept in the drawer was also robbed.

Police informed that on Monday, the sister of the owner of the shop, closed the shop after business hours. The theft was discovered in the morning of Tuesday morning, when the owner opened the shop.

He found the iron grills at the rear broken and the shop looted. Margao Police were informed immediately and a team visited the shop and conducted the panchanamma.

Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mr Mohan Naik, who visited the crime site on Tuesday said that some unknown persons have committed theft of garments and cash and that the investigation is in progress. He informed that four bundles of clothes were found, that the thieves could not carry away. Two were found in the shop while the other two were found in the balcony, he informed. He said that the services of the dog squad and fingerprint expert were employed and that the investigation is in progress. Mr Naik is supervising the investigation.

Mr Jina informed that expensive material that is used for stitching wedding clothes and clothes for other special occasions was stolen and the cost of this material was around ` 13 to 14 lakh. He said case of ` 35,000, kept in the drawer was also taken by the thieves. [NT]