Gold powder worth Rs 1 crore stolen from jewellery unit

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SURAT: An unidentified person was booked at Katargam police station on Tuesday for stealing gold powder worth Rs1.20 crore from a jewellery
manufacturing unit in Nandu Doshi Ni Wadi of Katargam in the city. The
accused stole 3.8kg gold powder from the unit, which is located in an area
that houses several diamond and jewellery units.

The burglar targeted the unit in the early hours of Tuesday. The complaint
was lodged by Sachin Bhamre, an employee of Kiran Jewels India. The
jewellery unit operates out of Diamond Mansion building.

Police recovered CCTV footages from the unit in which a man with balaclava mask can be seen stealing the gold powder stored in containers. He can be seen putting the gold powder in multiple plastic bags with him. Police are examining CCTV footages of neighbouring areas to ascertain the identity of the accused.

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The burglar entered the unit after breaking an iron grill of exhaust fan window. He reached the gold after breaking an iron door in the area and targeted the refinery section. The unit produces pure gold after melting waste gold powder recovered from jewelleries.

Police suspect a person aware about different sections of the unit and its entry point had planned the theft. “Everyone is not aware where the gold powder is stored unless he or she happens to be working there. The accused had come prepared to steal gold in huge quantity,” a police officer said.

The gold powder was stored in large containers filled with chemical to clean it. Police are examining existing and former employees to zero in on the culprit. They are also trying to find out if the thief had escaped with diamonds or any other valuables from the unit.

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