Five rob­bers held, stolen goods re­cov­ered

FOUR AB­SCOND­ING The gang used to di­vert the at­ten­tion of peo­ple com­ing out of banks af­ter with­draw­ing cash and looted them

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VASHI: The po­lice busted a gang of rob­bers and ar­rested five mem­bers re­cently and re­cov­ered stolen goods worth Rs3.56 lakh.

The gang used to di­vert the at­ten­tion of peo­ple com­ing out of banks and looted them. The po­lice are looking for four more.

The gang was busted with the help of footage from a CCTV cam­era in­stalled out­side a bank.

T he ac­cused have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till June 4.

The ar­rested ac­cused are Ra­jesh Gogulla, 20, Ye­shabbu Gogulla, 40, Anil Pa­tel, 18, Ch­hinna Ba­nal, 25, and Abulla Kat­era, 33. The ac­cused hail from Kav­ila taluka of Nel­lore district in Andhra Pradesh are liv­ing in Diva area.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Prashant Khaire, “On May 25, the five ar­rested ac­cused along with their ac­com­plices had looted a man out­side a bank at Vashi’s sec­tor 14.”

Around 11.10am, when the man was walk­ing on the road op­po­site Palwe gar­den af­ter with­draw­ing Rs4 lakh, the gang mem­bers told him that his neck had turned red.

“They snatched bag con­tain­ing Rs 4 lakh from him and fled,” Khaire said.

“While in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, the Vashi po­lice led by ACP Arun Wal­ture and se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Ajayku­mar Landge with the help of CCTV cam­era footage and in­form­ers, ar­rested the 5 ac­cused. They con­fessed to the crime and said they had com­mit­ted 5 other sim­i­lar crimes,” said Khaire.

The po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs2.15 lakh cash, a gold ring worth Rs15,000, three mo­tor­cy­cles, four mo­bile phones and things used in the crime in­clud­ing oil pouches, screw driver and itch­ing pow­der.

The seized prop­erty is worth Rs3.56 lakh.

“We have lear nt that the ac­cused who live in Diva, com­mit crimes for a few months in Navi Mum­bai and then flee to their vil­lage for a few months,” said Khaire.

Se­nior po­lice i nspec­tor Ajayku­mar Landge said that the ac­cused would choose a bank lo­cated in an area from where es­cap­ing would be easy. They would then keep a watch out­side the bank for those who had with­drawn huge amount of money.

“If their tar­get walked from the bank, they would throw itch­ing pow­der on him or tell him

that there was dirt on his clothes, thereby di­vert­ing his at­ten­tion. They would then deftly take away the bag con­tain­ing cash from him,” said Landge.

The per­son who picked up the bag would pass it im­me­di­ately to an­other ac­com­plice, who would again pass it on to an­other.

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