Masked men rob 6 shops at Kopar Khairane in an hour

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com RAVIN­DRA AHIRE, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor

NAVI MUM­BAI: Some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple broke into six shops at Kopar Khairane and de­camped with the cash they found in­side, within one hour, on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, all six shops are lo­cated at Sec­tors 20 and 2.

The cul­prits en­tered the premises by break­ing the locks of the shut­ters and stole col­lec­tively Rs52,300 from the cash coun­ters.

“While the first shop sells ice cream, the se­cond one was a pop­u­lar cake shop. The third shop was a veg­etable store and the rest three were ho­tels. There were no other valu­ables in­side th­ese shops and the cul­prits stole only cash,” said Ravin­dra Ahire, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

“The CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in front of one shop shows three peo­ple wear­ing masks who broke into it around 5am. The other shops had no such cam­eras. We think the same gang tar­geted all six shops. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources from the Navi Mum­bai crime branch, Kopar Khairane, Ra­bale and Vashi saw max­i­mum num­ber of bur­glar­ies in the 2015. Satish Gaik­wad, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane

po­lice sta­tion said, “For re­duc­ing crimes like bur­glary and chain snatch­ing, we have now de­cided to ex­tern the ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers from our area. Re­cently, we have iden­ti­fied four such crim­i­nals who have been in­volved in var­i­ous crimes. We have sent a pro­posal to the deputy com­mis­sioner’s of­fice to ex­tern them.”

There are sev­eral in­stances, wherein the se­cu­rity guards of hous­ing so­ci­eties turned rob­bers, said the po­lice.

“We al­ways sug­gest peo­ple to take photo IDs and ad­dress proofs of their se­cu­rity guards

› The CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in front of one shop shows three peo­ple wear­ing masks who broke into it around 5am. The other shops had no CCTVs. We think the same gang tar­geted all shops.

and do­mes­tic help and sub­mit them to the near­est po­lice sta­tion,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

One of the shops which was robbed at Kopar Khairane down shut­ters as po­lice in­spect the premises.

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