Visakhapatnam: Unknown burglars broke into Visakhapatnam city's famous Karaka Chettu Polamamba temple and decamped with 350 gms of gold ornaments, Goddess' crown, and 4 kgs of silver on Sunday.
Police found that robbers had smashed the rear door to gain entry into the sanctum sanctorum. The keys of the locker were hanging on the wall making it easy for the miscreants to decamp with the gold and silver ornaments.
Burglars also disconnected 17 CCTVss and decamped with the hard disc and the VCR along with them. They also broke open the Hundi and took away the cash. Some coins were found on the floor.
The lone watchman told the police that few persons came to the temple around midnight and asked him in Hindi whether they could sleep in the temple premises. He told the police that they left the pace after his refusal. Later the watchman fell asleep.
Sniffer dogs and fingerprint experts were pressed into service, but they found no clues.
"We are questioning the temple staff and the people living near the temple," said a senior police officer.
The temple is located just 100 meters away from Three Town police and the office of the district superintendent of police.
For the first time in years, the temple was closed for Darshan. Temple authorities were making preparation for the festival slated for next month. They had planned to open the Hundi on March 29. The Goddess Polamamba is revered by people of 14 villages in the city.
Local MLA Velkagapudi Ramakrishnababu visited the temple and spoke to police and executive officer Neelima.