Chain snatcher held at Vashi, police say six cases solved
A 50-year-old chain snatcher, who had been operating in Navi Mumbai for the past several months, was arrested by the police on Thursday.
With his arrest, the police claimed to have solved six cases registered in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. So far, the police have recovered 60 grams of gold jewellery from his possession.
According to the police, Bashir Shaikh, a resident of Cheetah camp in Trombay, would roam around in the city on two-wheeler and would target women walking on roads in the lonely areas. Some of his accomplices are still at the large and the police are now searching for them.
“The accused was wanted for three cases registered in Vashi alone. He would sell the stolen jewellery somewhere out of Mumbai.
Acting on a tip-off, we arrested him from near his residence,” said Suraj Padvi, police inspector from Vashi police station.
The accused has been booked under section 392 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He is now in police custody.
As far as the menace of chain snatching in Navi Mumbai is concerned, Kopar Khairane, Nerul, Vashi, Kharghar and Rabale have seen the highest number of cases this year.
On the other hand, certain areas like Taloja, Nhava Sheva, APMC and Uran are relatively safer, sources said.