The Azad Maidan police station, Mumbai arrested a man for breaking into a senior Parsi couple’s home, at Churchgate (South Mumbai), in the first week of the New Year, and robbing expensive items including gold jewellery, cash, silver and antique coins and foreign currency, worth Rs. 14 lakhs.
The accused scaled a seven-foot wall and used a lock cutter to break into the couple’s house while they were away in Gujarat welcoming the New Year. He told police that he decamped with the valuables and used the stolen money to party and enjoy in Goa.
Teams of Assistant Police Inspectors – Kalubarne, Survase, Swami and PSI Avinash Dhere and detection staff, were formed to nab the accused. The accused, from Kerala, used to live in a shanty near JJ hospital junction and was engaged in the scrap and junk business. As per police reports, “During interrogation, the accused said that he had conducted a recce and identified the house that was broken into. He saw that the lights of the house were also off, which made him certain no one was at home. With no cameras in or outside the house, it was time-consuming to identify the accused. Over 200 footage was scanned to identify him and trace his movements. Informers were also activated and we placed a trap near his residence, but he was in Goa. There were two important clues that helped in his arrest.” He was remanded to police custody until 27th January, 2023, and booked under relevant sections for lurking house trespass, break-in and theft, the report said.
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