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
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 They would then keep a watch outside the bank for those who had withdrawn huge amount of money.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.