32 chain-snatching cases solved after thief ’s arrest
VASHI: Snatching a mangalsutra of a 50-year-old woman in Vashi has proved dear for a serial chain snatcher. Following a complaint by the woman, Vashi police has succeeded in not just arresting him, but also solving 32 chain-snatching cases. It has also recovered gold jewellery weighing half a kg.
Rukmini Bhanushali, 50, a resident of Sector 28 in Vashi, had complained to the police that on November 12, around 2.30pm, an unidentified person on a red motorcycle had snatched her 40g gold mangalsutra and fled.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, deputy commissioner of police (zone I), Shahji Umap said that on December 13, the crime branch team of Vashi police station during their patrolling noticed a man who fit Bhanushali’s description of the thief. They managed to catch the man although he tried to evade arrest.
“Following interrogation, he said that his name is Naushad Qureshi, 43, a resident of Mumbra. He then confessed to committing various crimes of chain snatching in the city, following which he was arrested,” added Umap.
The police said that Qureshi has confessed that he along with his accomplices has snatched chains in Vashi, Kopar Khairane, Rabale and Sanpada.
Ajay Landge, senior police inspector, said, “So far, we have recovered 50 tolas of gold jewellery from him. The stolen property is worth Rs13 lakh.”
He added, “We are looking for the accused’s accomplices who too were involved in the chain snatching incidents.”