Mapusa: Thieves struck at the Laxmi Narayan temple at Mapusa and decamped with cash, gold ornaments worth Rs 1.70 lakh during the wee hours of Monday.
According to the Mapusa police, the incident came to light on Monday morning when the temple priest noticed the doors of his room were open and his belongings were scattered. Subsequently, he found the donation box broken open and cash to the tune of Rs. 1 lakh missing. The temple priest informed the Temple Committee President, Ramchandra Mayekar. After which the Mapusa Police were informed about this incident which took place in the heart of the city.
An official from the Mapusa Police Station informed that the thieves used a gas cutter to cut the grill of a window to enter the temple premises and took away cash of around Rs. 1 lakh from the donation box. Two cupboards were also opened and gold ornaments consisting of four bracelets and a chain were taken.
Mapusa police have registered an offence against unknown persons and till Tuesday evening were unable to trace the accused. The police used the services of a finger print expert and dog squad to get clues in the incident.
In this connection an offence has been registered at Mapusa Police Station under section 457 and 380 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police are further investigating the case. [H]