BENGALURU: She could not afford it, but this maid servant was still desperate to gift her son a Royal Enfield Bullet on his 22nd birthday. She was not going to be discouraged by lack of money and hatched a plan along with her son and daughter to rob her employer’s house that belongs to state Ranji player R. Samarth.
The 45-year-old domestic help, Gouri, and her children – Yogesh (21), a B.Com student, and Deepa (20), a PU dropout – are now cooling their heels in jail.
The incident took place in Sanjay Nagar police limits on August, 20.
Gouri, who hails from Erode, has been living in the city for the last eight years along with her children at Amarjyothi Layout after losing her husband.
A single mother, she had been working as a domestic help at Samarth’s house for the last three years after she was hired by Samarth’s mother Nagarathana.
Yogesh had asked his mother for the Bullet bike as a gift for his 22nd birthday, which falls on September 21. Gouri had said agreed, but could not arrange over Rs 1 lakh needed for the two-wheeler. Seeing her son dejected, she decided to rob Samarth’s and shared her plan with her two children.
She waited for the right moment and around three months ago, she stole a bunch of spare keys at Nagarathna’s house. She again waited patiently for her next move. And it came on the afternoon of August 20 when Nagarathna asked Gouri to accompany her to her daughter’s house on the next street.
Gouri readily agreed and walked with her employer to the next road around 1.15 pm. She also immediately informed her children about the house being empty. Yogesh rushed to Samarth’s house on his bike along with his sister Deepa. They opened the house door ane the almirah easily with the help of duplicate keys and made away with 370 gm of gold jewellery and cash of Rs 12,500 in 20 minutes.
Nagarathna returned home around 2.30 pm and found the valuables stolen. She complained to the police, but Gouri continued to work at Nagarathna’s house so as not to raise suspicion. But the police still got the wind of an insider’s job as the house had not been ransacked and the door and almirah were opened with the help of a duplicate key. Nagarathna told the police that her second set of house keys went missing around three months ago and did not worry about it, thinking she had only misplaced it.
The police summoned Gouri, but she did not crack under intense police questioning. But her children broke under police pressure and confessed to the crime. The police searched Gouri’s house and recovered 368 gram of gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh and the Pulsar bike that was used in the crime.