Visakhapatnam: Unidentified robbers drilled a hole in the wall of a government-owned wine shop and decamped with 7000 liquor bottles worth Rs 11.5 lakh at Gunthukupeta village under Laveru Mandal in Srikakulam district on Monday night.
Police suspect that around 10 masked burglars with caps assaulted the watchmen near the liquor outlet and tied them to chairs. Later, they drilled a hole in the outlet and decamped with over 7,000 liquor bottles worth Rs 11.5 lakh. Supervisor of the outlet K Anantha Rao along with Laveru police visited the spot. Later Srikakulam police superintendent GR Radhika also visited the crime spot on Tuesday morning.
Sub-Inspector of Laveru, A Koteswara Rao said they registered a case looking for clues to identify the accused. The police personnel were browsing through CCTV footage at some locations for further investigation. It seems to be the handiwork of a gang of local criminals, a senior police officer said.
"A team has been formed to nab the gang," the SP told reporters.
In another incident, burglars struck Ramalingeswara temple in Cheri Street of Tekkali in the Srikakulam district. They took away over 6 kgs of silver ornaments from the deity. Police said that the burglars also damaged the CCTV cameras and decamped with the hard disk to hide the evidence.