The Hyderabad police have cracked the case of antique items theft from the Nizam’s Museum and arrested two accused in connection with the case.
The precious items — a gold tiffin box, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon – were recovered from the possession of the accused who had reportedly fled to Mumbai and lived in a luxury hotel before being nabbed.
One of the thieves reportedly used the three-tier gold tiffin box to have food every day.
The theft was reported on September 2 from the third gallery of the museum at Purani Haveli.
Police pursued important clues and 15 special teams were formed as part of the probe into the case of theft.
Museum authorities had complained to police that antique items — a two-kg gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, a cup studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, a saucer and a spoon of the seventh Nizam — were found missing from an almirah.
After CCTV footage of two masked persons (seen walking out of a building and driving a bike) went viral on the social media, the police suspected that at least two offenders committed this burglary after gaining entry through the ventilator.
According to the police, the suspects entered the museum through a ventilator on the first floor, used rods to open the almirah and took away the items.
Talking about the security lapses at the museum, a police official said five security guards were deployed outside the museum building at night and there was need to install an alarm system as part of enhanced security measures.
The police are also investigating if an insider was involved in the robbery.