11 thefts solved, valu­ables worth `7 lakh re­cov­ered

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai crime branch (unit 2) claims to have solved as many as eleven bur­glar­ies with the ar­rest of one ha­bit­ual of­fender from Pan­vel. They have also re­cov­ered valu­ables worth Rs 6.85 lakh from his pos­ses­sion.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice re­cently de­tained San­tosh Dhangon, 30, who stayed in a slum in Pan­vel.

One gold man­gal­su­tra was re­cov­ered from his pos­ses­sion.

“Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we learnt that the man­gal­su­tra was stolen from a house in Cidco colony in New Pan­vel,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

“The ac­cused also con­fessed to the theft. We then reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 454, 457 and 380 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) against him at Khan­desh­war po­lice sta­tion,” he said.

The po­lice later learnt that the ac­cused was in­volved not only in one but in as many as eleven bur­glar­ies reg­is­tered with Kopar Khairane, Kalam­boli, Pan­vel, Uran and Nerul po­lice sta­tions.

“We have re­cov­ered 190 grams gold jew­ellery, two lap­tops, ten mo­bile phones and Rs16,000 in cash from his hide­outs. His ac­com­plices are still at large and we are now search­ing for them. They will be in our cus­tody soon,” Sawant said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sawant, 116 of 245 bur­glar­ies reg­is­tered this

year have been de­tected so far.

A ma­jor­ity of the cases were solved by the crime branch.

“The big­gest prob­lem in re­duc­ing such crimes is that sev­eral hous­ing so­ci­eties do not have se­cu­rity guards. So there is no one to mon­i­tor who is en­ter­ing or go­ing out of their premises,” he said.

“Cul­prits are tar­get­ing the locked houses tak­ing ad­van­tage of this sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“Like­wise, very few hous­ing so­ci­eties have in­stalled CCTV cam­eras on their premises. There­fore, the po­lice hardly get any clue when the thieves run away steal­ing valu­ables from houses,” he added.

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