Burglars flee with gold and diamonds from homes of flood victims in Bengaluru’s Rainbow Drive Layout

Even as residents of Rainbow Drive Layout in Bengaluru are still recovering from life-altering floods over the past two weeks, at least three residents have filed complaints with the police about the theft of valuables from their homes. homes over the weekend, police said. .

Located near Sarjapur Road in the city, nearly 20 to 25 houses in Rainbow Drive Layout have recently been flooded following heavy rains in the area, forcing many residents to seek shelter in hotels and with relatives. Taking advantage of the situation, burglars scampered off with valuables from three of the villas, police said. The incident only came to light on Saturday morning when the villa owners returned to check the water level inside the houses.

According to Bellandur Police, businessman Dharmateja G and software engineers Manjunath N and Uday Bhaskar B approached them with complaints in this regard. Following the flood, Dharmateja and his family had moved to a relative’s house and when they returned around 8am on Saturday he found the main door was broken and jewelry was missing gold and diamonds in the house. He had last entered the house on Friday evening to clean it and suspected the burglars may have arrived that night, officers said.

Jewels including a gold chain, two gold necklaces, a pair of diamond earrings and many other valuables were missing from Manjunath’s residence, police added. Uday Bhaskar, who took refuge in his relative’s house, cleaned his villa on Friday and on Saturday he discovered that the balcony door was broken and valuables of gold and diamonds were missing from the house. they stated.

Bellandur Police registered three cases under ICC Section 380 (theft from a dwelling house) and 457 (concealed trespass or burglary at night to commit an offense punishable by imprisonment). Police suspect that the three robberies may have taken place on Friday evening and that more than one person was involved. CCTV footage of the area is being checked and police have formed a special team to catch the thieves.

Sarah C. Figueiredo