Gang of five arrested for house break-ins
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.”