Haryana Police on Tuesday recovered international cricketer Harbhajan Singh's bag which was stolen from his SUV outside a popular cafe on National High No.1 (NH-1) Monday evening here.
The bag was found abandoned in an open area in Sector 13 of Karnal and the police recovered it after someone informed about it, a police official said.
Police officials said that Harbhajan Singh's passport and other documents, including ATM and credit cards, were found inside the recovered bag. However, nearly Rs.9,500 in cash were missing.
Some unidentified thieves broke into Harbhajan's Ford Endeavour (SUV) by smashing the window-pane of the rear door on the busy NH-1 Monday. The break-in took place around 6 p.m. outside Cafe Coffee Day outlet at Madhuban near Karnal.
The cricketer immediately called the police for help and later left after filing a complaint about the theft from his vehicle.
Incidentally, Harbhajan is himself employed as a deputy superintendent (DSP) with Punjab Police. He was driving to New Delhi from Chandigarh with his friend when the incident happened.
The cricketer told the police that he along with his friend had gone inside the cafe for just over five minutes and when they returned to their SUV, the vehicle had been broken into and the bag was missing.
Harbhajan was scheduled to fly to Dubai Tuesday but was unable to do so after he lost his passport and other documents.
The cricketer was recently dropped from the Indian Test and ODI sides owing to his poor form.