City police arrested two persons for committing theft at Lalitha Jewellers at Somajiguda and recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 1.8 lakh from their possession.

The two accused who entered the store posing as couple committed the theft on October 11. The management which stumbled on two burqaclad women stealing ornaments on December 3 during checking CCTV footage found to its shock a man and a woman entering the store posing as couple and walking away with jewellery on October 11.

The two women clad in burqa stole a gold necklace weighing 20 tolas and worth Rs 6 lakh and managed to replace the original one with an imitation piece at the popular jewellery store.

The store management was checking the CCTV camera footage when it discovered the two thefts. The store management approached police with a complaint about the thefts, after analysing the CCTV footages.

Police identified the arrested accused as Shaik Karimulla (27), a resident of Maruthi Boys Hostel in Sindhi Colony and a native of Nandigama

in AP, and Vani Kranthi (26), a resident of Sujatha Girls Hostel in Sindhi Colony and a native of Kurnool.Police recovered the ornaments weighing 66 grams and worth Rs 1.8 lakh and arrested the accused on Monday evening. They were produced before the court along with the booty. They were remanded in judicial custody.

According to police, Shaik had recently completed his engineering, while Vani did PG Diploma in echocardiography and sonography at Yashoda Hospital in Secunderabad. However, both the accused were unemployed and facing financial problem, and hatched a plan to commit theft. The accused chose Lalitha Jewellers as they knew it was crowded most of the time, said police.

On October 11 afternoon, the couple visited the store and while the staff was busy attending other customers, they stole four gold bangles and one bracelet. According to police, later the duo mortgaged the ornaments for Rs 1.3 lakh at Muthoot Finance in Nandigama. The police are yet to crack the second theft case that happened on December 3.

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