One case of chain snatching from an elderly woman and one more attempt to snatch the gold chain and a futile attempt to rob an ATM has been reported from different parts of the city since Wednesday night.
In another crime news from the district, the offerings box of the historical Chunchanakatte Ram Mandira was looted by miscreants.
The first incident of chain snatching was reported from Vidyaranyapuram where 60-year-old Kathyayani was targeted in a crowded area on Thursday morning. This is the second chain snatching incident reported in less than a week. On Tuesday morning, 65-year-old Lakshmi, a resident of Vidyaranyapuram Second Cross was relieved of her 18 gram gold chain.
In the latest incident, Kathyayani was walking towards Sterling Theatre barely 100 metres from her house to buy newspapers. As she was walking on the main road two bike-borne miscreants approached her and snatched her 90 gram chain.
The woman managed to hold her chain and half of it was snatched by the duo. As the culprits realised that they had only the other half of the chain, they sped away. According to Kathyayani and other eyewitnesses, the bike was not the usual Bajaj Pulsar but a black Bajaj CT 100. Both the youths were wearing stud helmets.
MANJA’S HAND SUSPECTED
Chasing clues, the police have suspected the involvement of notorious chain snatcher Manja alias Manju who is out on bail now. Manja has more than 20 cases of chain snatching against him at the Vidyaranyapuram police station. He was arrested in 2013 at J P Nagar and was sent behind bars. Manja managed to procure bail last week and his involvement is suspected even in the incident that occurred last week.
DCP Crime and Traffic Rudramuni, CCB Inspector Prakash, Vidyaranyapuram Inspector Raghu visited the spot. Rudramuni has instructed the CCB to keep an eye on those criminals who are out on bail and who are likely to continue their old criminal ways.
ATTEMPT IN VIJAYANAGAR
Two bike-borne miscreants made a futile attempt to snatch the chain of 35-year-old Sharada in Vijayanagar police limits on Thursday. According to the police, Sharada was on her morning walk and was proceeding towards Hinkal. As she approached the BEML apartment near Infosys, she saw a bike speeding towards her from the opposite side.
As the bike neared her, Sharada, who was walking on the road climbed the footpath and moved towards the road side. The person who was the pillion rider extended his hand towards Sharada’s chain in vain. The duo later fled the spot.
BID TO ROB ATM
A futile bid to rob a bank ATM has been reported from Metagalli on Wednesday night. According to the police, the Axis Bank ATM was closed at 8 pm on Wednesday as there was no provision of round-the-clock security.
On Thursday morning, when the security guard came to the ATM, he found the shutters half open. Thieves were successful in opening the first layer of the ATM but failed to open the second layer. The police have obtained CCTV footage and dog squad has been pressed into service.
TEMPLE HUNDI ROBBED
The Hundi or the offerings box of the historical Chunchanakatte Ram Mandira in K R Nagar was robbed by miscreants on Wednesday night. According to the police, miscreants entered the temple and assaulted the watchmen who were sleeping inside and took away the offering boxes. They tied the watchmen – Shivanna and Javarappa – to a pillar before making away with the money.
Chunchanakatte Ram Mandira is famous during the rainy season as the Triveni Sangam fills with water and is considered a holy place. According to the temple management, the offerings of the last 6 months were kept in the box and had not been counted. The management has estimated the loss to be at Rs 1.5 lakh.