Ar­chi­tect steals cash, jewellery to teach wife, mum-in-law a les­son

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

NERUL: A 33- year- old man was ar­rested by Nerul police on Tues­day for al­legedly steal­ing cash and jewellery worth Rs46 lakh from his wife and moth­erin-law to teach them a les­son.

The ar­chi­tect, who was ar­rested within five hours of the com­plaint, had made the in­ci­dent look like a house break­ing theft, said the police on Wed­nes­day. The cash and jewellery has been re­cov­ered.

Shee­tal Sheth, 31, a res­i­dent of San­deep Apart­ments in Sec­tor 30, Nerul, on Tues­day lodged a com­plaint.

Shee­tal, a home­maker, lived with her hus­band Amey and six-month-old son. Her mother Hansa Par­mar, 52, had been stay­ing with them for the past two months. Hansa had sold a flat in Mu­lund on March 22. Of the sale pro­ceeds, she had given 50% of the amount to her son and kept Rs43 lakh as her share. She had given the money to Shee­tal for safe­keep­ing.

In her com­plaint Shee­tal told the police that on Sun­day, she had gone to Mu­lund with her mother to see a new house they were in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing. They had taken along Rs1 lakh to pay as book­ing amount. The rest of the Rs42 lakh were kept in a bag in a cupboard.

She said when they re­turned, there was a new lock on the main door. “Shee­tal could not get in touch with Amey. When she broke the lock and en­tered the house, she found her jewellery worth Rs4,67,000 miss­ing. The Rs42 lakh that was in the cupboard too had been taken away,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of police (zone I) Shahji Umap.

He said, “When she told Amey about the in­ci­dent, he shirked any re­spon­si­bil­ity and said since it was their money, they should do what they wanted.”

Shee­tal lodged a com­plaint with t he Ner ul police on Tues­day. “Nerul police, led by se­nior in­spec­tor Sangeeta Alphonso, de­tained Amey. He aroused sus­pi­cion be­cause the house locks had not been bro­ken, there was a new lock on the door and he was out of reach dur­ing the time. He had switched off his phone a day ear­lier when he had gone to his of­fice,” said Umap.

“Fol­low­ing sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Amey con­fessed to steal­ing the jewellery and cash. He was then ar­rested,” said Umap.

Police sources said Amey may have put new locks on the door to en­sure no one en­tered the house af­ter he had bro­ken into it. He did not want the old locks to be there as he had not bro­ken them but used his key to un­lock it.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Police of­fi­cers with the cash seized.

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