Hyderabad: Despite assertions of increased patrolling by Cyberabad and Rachakonda police, burglars managed to break into 11 houses on a single day in Meerpet and Alwal areas.
The two police commissionerates had been warning people going to their native places for Sankranti to be careful and inform the police about their locked houses. They also stated that the police would increase patrolling in view of the burglary threat in locked houses.
At Gurramguda under Meerpet police station limits, thieves broke into seven houses located in the same colony. They reportedly left silver articles and chose to take away only gold and cash. Incidentally, 30 to 35 CCTV cameras had been installed in the locality where the burglaries took place. Special teams of Rachakonda police are scanning their footage to identify clues for zeroing in on the accused.
Rachakonda police had earlier mentioned that 10 special teams with armed personnel were being deployed along with patrolling vans in view of thieves raiding locked houses, whose inmates had gone to their native places.
DCP (Crimes) P. Yadagiri said that though burglars broke into seven houses, they could lay their hands on property in only one house.
Valuables worth around Rs 80,000, including gold ornaments, were stolen. Police teams are on the lookout for the accused, he said.
Meanwhile, Cyberabad police too had announced that they were increasing patrolling in residential areas in view of Sankranti. However, burglars still managed to loot four houses located in Lakshminagar Colony at Alwal. They stole around 13 tolas of gold and about Rs 3 lakh in cash from two of the houses, police said.
Sources said that though police could not get any footage of CCTV cameras in this area, they gathered fingerprints of suspects at one of the two houses burgled. Thieves ended up leaving their fingerprints when they consumed sweets stored in a vessel at the house....