Hyderabad: Burglars went on a looting spree and broke into eight houses in Alwal and Meerpet in the wee hours of Friday.
Locked houses of people who went out of station to celebrate Sankranti were targetted by the miscreants. The worth of the property lost, however, was not too big, the police said.
In the first incident, two unidentified offenders broke into two houses in Laxmi Nagar in Lothkunta around 1 am. The owners Ashok Kumar and Ramesh had locked the houses and went to their native places last week.
“The offenders broke open the locks on the main door with an iron rod and gained entry. They opened the almirah and flicked cash and gold,” Alwal police said, adding that the house owners returned in the morning and noticed the broken locks.
While the burglars are estimated to have stolen cash of Rs 32,000 and four tolas of gold ornaments from Ashok’s house, the estimation of stolen material from Ramesh’s house is yet to be done. The Alwal police are examining the footage from the surveillance cameras in the surroundings.
“We suspect local offenders. Their modus operandi too is familiar. We are trying to match it with the data we have,” police said.
In the second incident, as many as six houses were targetted by burglars in Gurramguda of Meerpet. Around 2 am, two offenders who had covered their faces with masks, struck at the houses one after the other. These houses were located in a secluded residential colony with no proper illumination.
“They are suspected to have broken into one or two houses. As they did not find anything, they went ahead and broke into others as well. Though they looted many houses, the property lost is considerably less” said an official from Meerpet.
The Meerpet police along with the CLUES team visited the crime spots and collected samples.