Three burglaries in one night, Vasant Kunj rattled

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Locks broken, neighbours' houses bolted from outside, burglars knew layout of colony: Police

When Vasant Kunj resident Arun Shrivastava woke up this Sunday morning he decided to go out and collect the newspaper, as was his daily routine. But he found that the main door of his Sector B, Pocket 5&6, house locked from outside. He called his neighbour from the floor above to open the door.

Minutes later, Shrivastava was informed that a house on the floor below had been burgled. While he made his way to check on the targeted house, news came in that two other flats in the neighbourhood were burgled.

Shrivastava could make sense of his main door being locked, after the police told him that the burglars had locked the houses of all the neighbours to ensure that they were not caught.

According to police, the burglars were aware of the layout of the neighbourhood. They had targeted the houses, the residents of which were out of station. Extensive planning had gone into the burglary, police said, with the men locking the houses of the neighbours.

But the research by the burglars did not help. Residents of two of the ransacked flats said they did not keep valuables at home. The value of the goods stolen from the third house (No. 4287) could not be ascertained as its owner, Jagat Sinha, is yet to return from the US.

Gaurav Agarwal, a researcher, was in Uttar Pradesh when his house (No. 4290) was broken into. "My landlord called me this morning. The burglars broke the lock on the main gate and cut the latch on the door of my flat. The lock of the iron grill door at the entrance of my house was not tampered with. It seems they had the key for that door," Agarwal said.

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