Lone wolf burglar behind Delhi’s biggest heist spent 18 hours at site

Lokesh Srivas, the burglar, entered Umaro Singh Jeweller after crossing over to the rooftop of the four-storey shopping complex which houses the jewellery shop

| Updated: 30 September, 2023 2:48 pm IST
Delhi's biggest heist in history: lone burglar strikes ₹25 crore heist at jewellery shop

DELHI: Indian capital’s biggest heist in history, running into ₹25 crores, was carried out by a lone burglar. He spent 18 hours at his target site – a jewellery shop located in Jangpura, working on cutters and diggers, breaking the safe vault, and destroying evidence.

Lokesh Srivas, the burglar, entered Umaro Singh Jeweller after crossing over to the rooftop of the four-storey shopping complex which houses the jewellery shop from a neighbouring building at about 10:45 pm on September 24, cops informed on Friday.

Claiming to have successfully solved the heist, the Delhi Police said the Class 12th dropout directly headed to the basement of the building and initially tried to find a way to enter the jewellery shop. He finally drilled a hole to gain access and remained inside it till next evening.

Cops have ascertained that the Class 12 dropout left the building with 30 kgs of gold ornaments, some diamonds, and cash at about 5 pm on September 25, a Sunday when the shop remains closed every week.

From Jangpura, he reached Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), Kashmere Gate and caught a bus for Sagar in Madhya Pradesh on the way to his home in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

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A frantic pursuit followed as many cops spent hours scanning footage acquired from the shop and surrounding places even as their colleagues mapped possible exit routes. “He was so alert that he destroyed the CCTV cameras that he could spot in the building,” a police officer said.

A sketch was prepared and circulated in the Delhi Police network.

Meanwhile, a team of policemen managed to ascertain that he had boarded a bus for his home via Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh Police were informed.

Based on the information provided by the Delhi Police, their counterpart in Bilaspur arrested the accused from Bilaspur along with 18 kgs of gold, around half the booty.

Police officers in Delhi informed that Srivas has had a history of such high value theft. In the past, he has committed 14 burglaries in several locations in Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Delhi.

He would commit the crime along with his friend Shiva Chandravasi in Chhattisgarh, but opted to go solo in Delhi, said the police, who suspect that he brought along food to survive till the next day.

He had hidden the stolen jewellery at his house.

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