Chennai: Bizarre as it may sound, a resident of Tondiarpet, has lodged a complaint with the police stating his slippers were stolen while he was undergoing a blood test in a local lab. This may have served to keep the police on their toes as they grapple with a slippery customer slipping away with someone else’s pair of slippers.
The complainant, Rajeshguptha (40), residing in an apartment at Ilaiyamuthali street in Tondiarpet, had gone to a popular private diagnostic centre in the same locality to take a blood test on Sunday around 7.30 am for checking his sugar levels. On completing the medical check, he came out of the lab only to find his brand new slippers had gone for “a walk”.
A shocked Rajeshguptha preferred to lodge a complaint with the police on the same day, mentioning that he had bought new slippers for Rs 800 just two days ago and he lost them. He requested police officials to trace them.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Ravindran, Inspector of Tondiarpet police station, said, “We have not yet filed an FIR with regard to the complaint, but we have registered the complaint for further investigation. Moreover, we also inquired with the lab staff and asked for CCTV footage.”
They came to know that the CCTV remained non-functional for last four days. “The lab manager told us that Rajeshguptha would often go to the lab for medical checks,” the officer said. They are guessing that since the crowd was very light on Sunday, someone might have slipped on the new slippers and slipped away quietly. The lab staff have assured the police that they would attend to repairing the CCTV to set things right.
A police source said the private lab management is ready to pay for the slippery thief's act and ensure the complainant buys a new pair of slippers. They would also investigate the matter further. Cops are probably looking for one thief as a pair of thieves would struggle to share the booty, or should, in this case, one say slippers....