The confidence with which he opens gates and enters rooms is staggering. After a series of house break-ins in HSR Layout, police say they have caught the thief, at least on CCTV camera. Two identical cases of house theft were reported from the area last week where — the thief would sneak into the house while the inmates would be sleeping and escape with laptops and other digital gadgets. The culprit in both the cases is suspected to be the same. In the first case, the thief got lucky after a techie forgot the keys in the lock and went to sleep in his room on the third floor in HSR Layout. The thief entered the house at 7 am and escaped with valuables while he was sleeping.The complainant, Kalpit Pandey, 26, a resident of HSR Layout has filed a complaint with the HSR Layout police. He said that on the day of the incident, he woke up at 8.15 am and started searching for his mobile phone since the alarm did not ring. He noticed that the main door was ajar and realised that he had left the keys in the lock when he stepped outside. Kalpit said, “I looked around and found that my laptop which was kept on table was missing. He had taken the laptop along with its bag and my headphones. My mobile and wallet which were kept next to the bed were also missing. I came down and looked around but didn’t find anyone. I checked my phone location and it was showing Hosur Road towards Tamil Nadu. I rushed to the police station and asked them to trace my phone as the thief had turned off the location tracking by 9 am but they didn’t look into the complaint. I knew that there was a CCTV camera in my neighbour’s house so I went back and checked the footage.” He said that the thief could be seen strolling around in the area but his face was not clear. “He was checking the houses which had no CCTV cameras installed and later he entered our building at 7.15 am. He came upstairs and to his delight found the key in the lock. He took the valuables and fled,” he said. In another incident on Tuesday morning, the same thief entered the house while the complainant was sleeping and fled with the laptop and wallets. The thief entered the house right after his roommate left without locking the door. The complainant, Ravi Kant, 27, a resident of sector 1 in HSR Layout, said that there was only one key for their house and the two of them shared it. He said, “My roommate usually leaves around 6.30 am and he normally shuts the door and doesn’t lock it as I get up by 7 am. Since our house doesn’t face the road, he often leaves without locking. The thief might have observed that.” “It was my birthday and I was working from home. I woke up a little late and started searching for my laptop to start my work but couldn’t find it anywhere. I called my roommate to check with him when he told me that it was on the table when he left the house. He asked me to check his wallet too as he had left it next to the laptop. I searched everywhere and I couldn’t find my laptop, his wallet or mine. I realised that someone had entered the house and cross checked the CCTV footage where he was captured entering the house,” he said. Modus operandi The thief comes dressed in dressed white shirt and black trousers. He observes the houses which are easily accessible and enters. He carries a fake ID and when questioned, says that he is a salesman. Earlier cases Two weeks back Bangalore Mirror had reported three house theft cases which had taken place back to back in HSR Layout. Thieves broke into two houses and an an Ayurvedic center. They took away Rs 4.5 lakh, expensive watches, camera and a TV from the houses and Rs 1.5 lakh from the Ayurvedic center. HSR Layout residents complain that there is no police patrolling in their area and they don’t feel safe inside their homes. DCP (South-East) Isha Pant said that she would increase patrolling and checkpoints but residents also have to be alert. “We have three hoysalas, Cheetahs and three checkpoints in the area… People should also be aware and not leave the doors open or the keys hanging from the lock,” she said.
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June 14, 2019
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