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194 smoke detectors stolen from Goa library

Posted on Feb 08, 10:16PM | IANS

Panaji, Feb 8 : In a bizarre but planned theft, unidentified people impersonating as maintenance men Friday stole 194 smoke detectors installed at Goa's biggest state-funded library, officials said.

Carlos Fernandes, curator of the hi-tech Krishnadas Shama Central Library, said that thieves impersonated as maintenance technicians, unscrewed all the smoke detectors and escaped.

Police Sub-Inspector Anant Gaonkar, who is investigating the complaint, said the value of the smoke detectors is pegged at Rs.7 lakh.

"All the smoke detectors from the library's five floors have been stripped and robbed," the official said.