3 held, 100 house break-in cases solved

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

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- Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­play the gold and sil­ver jew­ellery re­cov­ered from the ar­rested on Satur­day. 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.

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