Gang of five ar­rested for house break-ins

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: A gang that breaks shut­ters to com­mit thefts has been busted by APMC po­lice with the ar­rest of five of its mem­bers. The gang was re­port­edly in­volved in over 50 cases, Their ar­rest has led to the po­lice solv­ing 10 crimes com­mit­ted by them in Navi Mum­bai. Po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs3 lakh worth of stolen prop­erty from the gang.

There had been a spate of breakins in the city in re­cent times, in which the shut­ters had been bro­ken.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Shahji Umap said, “APMC po­lice stud­ied the footage of the ar­eas where such crimes had been com­mit­ted. In one of the footage, the cul­prits were seen flee­ing in a car. Though its reg­is­tra­tion num­ber was not vis­i­ble, we no­ticed that on one side of the ve­hi­cle, the scratch guard strip had come off.”

He said, “A few days ago, po­lice con­sta­ble Ramesh­war Khatal saw an Indigo car on Palm Beach road, which too had a sim­i­lar dam­aged crash guard. He then fol­lowed the ve­hi­cle. The driver of the ve­hi­cle on re­al­iz­ing that he was be­ing fol- lowed sped and man­aged to flee.”

Stated Umap, “Khatal , how­ever, man­aged to get the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the ve­hi­cle MH12CK8831. It was of Pune reg­is­tra­tion.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the car had been sold 11 times and the last owner was Mum­bra res­i­dent, a woman Shah­naz Shaikh. Po­lice learnt that it was pur­chased in the woman’s name based on bo­gus doc­u­ments and that the car was driven by an­other per­son who was then iden­ti­fied on Mon­day as Nur Mo­hammed alias Laddu Karim Shaikh, a res­i­dent of Mum­bra,

A trap was laid in Mum­bra to nab him and once he was nabbed, based on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by him his ac­com­plices Di­nesh Mu­daliar (32), Hus­sain Shaikh (26), Vi­jay Shetty (40), and Kar­tik Naidu (30) were also ar­rested.

Umap said, “The gang that had com­mit­ted crime in sev­eral re­gions of the state.”

He said, “Get­ting to the prime ac­cused was quite a task as there were 12 own­ers and the po­lice team had to ver­ify each and ev­ery­one and then go on to the next owner. The woman’s ad­dress turned out to be fake but thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions led us to the prime ac­cused.”

In­formed Umap, “The gang has been in­volved in crimes at Mu­lund, Bhoipada, Nashik, Nashik road, Kol­ha­pur, Satara, Karad, Man­gaon, Raigad and other ar­eas. Over 50 crimes have come to light with their ar­rest.”

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