THE NAVI Mumbai police team investigating a dacoity in Vashi on Friday has collected CCTV footage from the housing society where the incident took place and claims to have clear leads in the case. On Friday afternoon, six unidentified persons, who posed as employees of a courier agency, robbed the family of a Navi Mumbai-based trader at gunpoint and fled with cash and valuables worth Rs 2.09 crore. The local Vashi police had registered a case of dacoity.
In the footage captured by CCTV cameras on the landing of the staircase outside the door of the flat that was robbed, six persons, including a young woman, were seen climbing the stairway and stopping outside the victim’s house. While two suspects, including the woman, whose head was covered in a dupatta, stood outside the door, the others took their place on the stairway, apparently awaiting instructions from the others. One suspect is seen ringing the doorbell of the house of Arun Menkudale, a businessman linked to the APMC at Kusum society, Sector 17. Immediately after ringing the bell, the suspect is seen wiping his fingerprints off the switch. Seconds later, he is seen removing a gift-wrapped box from a blue plastic bag as the door is opened. He then enters the house and the other accused come down the stairway and barge in. The woman accomplice is seen waiting outside and leaving a few minutes later.
According to the police, the duo told Menkudale’s wife that there was a Diwali gift that they had to deliver. Once the woman opened the door, the others forcibly entered the house. The accused, who were carrying revolvers and knives, allegedly threatened Menkudale’s wife and daughter at gunpoint.
“The accused then tied up the mother-daughter duo and started ransacking the house. They took over a crore in cash, ornaments and other valuables and fled. The total value of the cash and valuables is around Rs 2.09 crore. The family members informed Menkudale who approached the Vashi police and an FIR was registered on charges of dacoity and robbery,” said an officer.
An officer said that the accused persons were wearing caps and the way they went about the dacoity, the police suspect at least some of them might have been involved in crimes in the past.