A suspended Faridabad prison guard was arrested on Thursday night for breaking into the homes of two Punjab IAS officers in Chandigarh Sector 7 and stealing valuables.

Police identified the accused as Jaswinder Singh Brar from Sirsa. They said Singh was suspended for stealing valuables from a policeman’s government house in Faridabad in 2019. Investigators said after being suspended Jaswinder took to driving a Hyundai car Verna in gray color in a taxi via a carpooling app.

Police said Jaswinder robbed the two houses when he came to Chandigarh on a trip. Jaswinder was brought before a local court on Friday, which took him into custody.

According to the police, they recovered numerous pieces of jewelery stolen from the home of IAS officers Sakshi Sawhney and Moneesh Kumar last month. While Sawhney is Deputy Commissioner of Patiala, Kumar is appointed Deputy Commissioner of Tarn Taran. Two cases had been recorded at the Sector 26 police station.

“Jaswinder Brar is a drug addict. He alone was involved in the burglary of the homes of two IAS agents and confessed to the same. Jaswinder loves to read newspapers and was aware that the houses he had targeted were those of two Deputy Commissioners. He tried to sell the stolen jewelry, but failed. Jaswinder was arrested based on human intelligence as well as technical evidence,” Chief Superintendent of Police (UT) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said. “The accused has several theft cases registered against him in many districts of Haryana and was currently out on bail,” he added.

The house of Patiala Deputy Commissioner Sakshi Sawhney was robbed on June 28 and Rs 2 lakh in cash, two pairs of gold earrings, a gold chain, a set of diamond earrings and a set of bracelets, along with other valuables, were stolen. Kumar’s house was targeted on July 24. Seven gold/diamond sets, 10-12 gold/diamond rings, 8-10 gold chains, three diamond bracelets, one gold kara, four gold bracelets, three to four watches, 15-20 silver coins, five to six gold coins, a diamond mangalsutra, two to three diamond rings, a gold chain and a gold/diamond topaz were stolen from his house.

Police Station 26 Police Station Officer (SHO) Inspector Maninder Singh said: ‘Both cases involved indiscriminate burglaries. There were no CCTV cameras installed in or near the houses. We have uncleared camera footage of the suspicious car Jaswinder was driving. We put the pieces of the puzzle together after the second heist. We grilled almost hundreds of people and before we focus on Jaswinder Singh Brar.

The July 24 burglary at the residence of Deputy Commissioner Moneesh Kumar had worried local residents, with many citing a lax police vigil in the area as the reason for the incidents.

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