Vehicle thefts and burglary of shops continue unabated in Assam’s Jorhat with three shops being burgled at Lachit Bazaar at the AT Road in the heart of the town on Monday night.
In the complaints lodged by owners of a jewellery shop, a gold smelting shop and an astrologer, whose chamber was ransacked, thieves broke inside the shops and took away cash and jewellery.
The complainants said that from the jewellery shop, the thieves took away Rs 700 from the cashbox along with silver jewellery while from the gold smelting shop they stole Rs 4,000 in cash from the cashbox along with some amount of melted gold and silver.
The miscreants then broke into the chamber of an astrologer in the same complex and ransacked the room without finding anything of value.
On Saturday, an Enfield Bullet motorbike belonging to a businessman was stolen from his residence at Dohaborachuk area in Jorhat.
In the past four months, there has been rise in incidents of thefts in shops, vehicle thefts and also incidents of snatching of bags containing cash and also mobile handsets from pedestrians and pillion-riders by motorbike-borne youths in and around the town.
On January 29 this year, Jorhat police launched a project named ‘Third Eye’ at the Jorhat police station under which 32 CCTVs were installed at different localities for monitoring to assist in tackling crime.
Meanwhile, the police in the past one-and-half-months have arrested over 30 people who were reportedly involved in cases of snatching of cash, mobile phones and two-wheeler lifting, a police source stated.
The Jorhat police arrested four people including a juvenile on charges of snatchings and stealing mobile handsets and recovered 24 mobile phones, the police source said.
Interrogation of the three accused persons was on while the juvenile was sent to the Child Observatory Home at Lichubari by the District Juvenile Justice Board after he was produced before the Board.