Jewellery shop supervisor held for lifting valuables

A supervisor of a jewellery shop, who lifted valuables worth Rs 10 lakh over the past six months, is cooling his heels in jail now. He was arrested after shop owner saw the CCTV footage which shoed him pocketing the valuables recently.

Jewellery shop supervisor held for lifting valuables

The insider’s crime came to light after Amarnath, owner of Lalitha Jewels on Ashoka Road, replaced old surveillance cameras with the advanced ones.

Though Amarnath got wind of the crime in February and May, he couldn’t ascertain as to how the valuables were going missing. With no evidence, he didn’t even complain to police then.

Even the scanning of footage of all CCTVs did dot give Amarnath any clue either on valuables or miscreants. Amarnath had on two occasions let shop supervisor Yathish Babu, 44, trusted employee, to scan the footages.

Yathish, being the one responsible for jewellery going missing, came out with an obvious reply — about not finding any clue. Puzzled, Amarnath decided to install advanced cameras and chose to have the control switch near his table. Earlier, the CCTVs were controlled by Yathish, who has been working there for the last three years.

When Amarnath was in Mumbai to take part in a jewellery expo, Yathish lifted 120gram valuables on August 5. However, Yathish’s attempt to fool the owner and his son fell flat with the latter scanning the footage thoroughly.
Yathish used to drop the jewellery on the floor, only to push it behind a table and cover it with a newspaper. Before leaving the shop, he used put the stolen jewellery in his shirt. This way, he had allegedly lifted the valuables twice.

Now that the cat was out of the bag, Amarnath called Yathish over phone and asked him to stop coming to work. On August 16, he filed a complaint with Lashkar police, accusing Yathish of lifting the jewellery.

Yathish had pledged 400gram valuables, which included the stolen jewellery, in banks and pawn broker shops, and taken money.

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