3 held, 100 house break-in cases solved
Cops say arrested gang leader is wanted in Gujarat; 1 kg gold recovered from accused
VASHI: Three members of a suspected inter-state gang of thieves were arrested by the NRI coastal police on Saturday.
They have also seized gold and silver jewellery worth Rs20.8 lakh from them. With the arrest, the police claimed to have busted a racket involved in around 100 cases.
On January 29, between 9am and 7pm, a flat in Sector 50 of New Seawoods was broken into by unidentified assailants. They escaped with gold jewellery weighing 490 gm and silver jewellery weighing 950 gm.
Another house break- i n was reported at Sector 44A of Seawoods. Gold jewellery weigh- ing 59 gm and Rs7,000 cash were stolen. Following repeated incidents in Seawoods, deputy commissioner of police zone I Shahji Umap issued instructions to his officers to crackdown on the culprits. A team was formed.
“The team got a tip-off from informers on February 6. We zeroed in on the gang members who were at Ashwith lodge in CBD Belapur,” said Umap.
Panchakshi Swami, 29, a resident of Modi in Solapur, Manoj Romhane, 28, from Morarji Peth in Solapur and Angad Bandgar, 22, also from Solapur were arrested.
“We found several number plates, two gold bangles and necklaces, 16 iron rods and nine screwdrivers in their car,” said Umap.
He said, “They were arrested when they failed to give an explanation for possessing the article. Later, they confessed to their crime.”
“The accused have confessed to have broken into houses in Sanpada, Kopar Khairane, Kharghar, Kamothe, Vashi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
The police have recovered gold jewellery weighing around 1kg and silver jewellery weighing around 130gm. Umap has announced a reward of Rs15,000 for the investigating team.
Police officers display the gold and silver jewellery recovered from the arrested on Saturday.