Srikakulam: A youth, in order to impress his girlfriend, stole two tulas of gold from a jewelry shop and threatened the owner with a toy pistol in Ichapuram in Srikakulam town. He was caught immediately and sent to remand. The police recovered the gold worth Rs. 90,000 from him.
The man was identified as Suraj Kumar K of Chalabanka village under Gunpur block of Rayagada district in Odisha.
Suraj had worked at an aqua farm in Bheemavaram in West Godavari district and as a waiter in a Vizag hotel. In December 2020, he went to Bhubaneswar after his uncle was admitted to a hospital. There he fell in love with a girl.
Due to COVID-19 and a few other reasons, Suraj lost his job and stayed in his hometown. He wanted to impress his girlfriend by presenting her with a gold chain. He decided to take the crime route and procured a toy pistol through an online retailer by paying Rs. 2,000.
Posing as a customer, Suraj entered GK Jewellery shop at Icchapuram and asked the owner, G. Mithun Chakravarthi, to show some gold chains. When the owner was displaying the chains, Suraj whipped out his toy gun, threatened him, and decamped with three gold chains.
However, the locals and one constable chased him and overpowered him. Suraj lost his toy pistol while trying to escape.
Srikakulam police chief Amit Bardhar said they recovered the toy pistol and the stolen gold chains. He said it was the second such incident in the district. A few months ago, one person had threatened a man with a toy pistol at Veeraghattam. The police chief appealed to the traders not to sell toy pistols to suspected persons as some people used them to commit crimes.