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Sharmili Mallick

Some unknown miscreants broke into a house in Bairaginagar area under Laxmi Sagar Police limits in Bhubaneswar and allegedly decamped with gold and silver ornaments worth more than Rs 20 lakh and cash on Saturday late night.

The house owner identified as Jitendra Jena was away to Gujarat for vacation with his wife for the last one week while his elder brother, Harichandra Jena was residing with his family on the ground floor.

An FIR has been lodged at the Laxmi Sagar Police Station by Harichandra in this regard this morning.

As per reports, neighbours heard some sound coming from the first floor of the two-storey building at around 2.30 am and informed Jitendra.

They immediately rushed to the first floor and tried to open the lock at the main door but found it closed from inside. They later rushed to the backyards of the building and saw the door of the balcony open.

On being informed, Laxmi Sagar Police rushed to the spot and broke open the main door and found the almirah, lockers and other furniture vandalised.

“The incident took place between 2 am to 3 am while thieves entered from the balcony door at the backyards of the building. The main door was locked so the thieves entered from the back door. Later, police reached the spot and entered the house by breaking open the main door. The entire house was vandalised,” informed Jitendra's neighbour, Dolagobinda Mohanty.

“Our neighbours called us at around 3 am and told us that some sounds were coming from the first floor. When we checked, we noticed that the balcony door was open. The thieves have taken cash worth Rs 50,000 and gold and silver ornaments of around Rs 20 lakh from the house,” said Harishchandra's wife.

Meanwhile, Laxmi Sagar Police has started the investigation and examining the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the locality.

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