Two youths who had committed three house break-in thefts in a span of 10 days and absconded with valuables worth over Rs four lakh have been arrested by the Mulund police. The youths,who are barely out of their teens,used to target buildings with scaffoldings that would help them climb easily and break into those flats which did not have grilles.
On the morning of March 3,Renu Karkal,a 40-year-old HCL executive woke up to find her closet open and her gold and diamond jewellery,laptop and cell phone missing. The loss was pegged at Rs 3.83 lakh.
A few days before the robbery at Karkals house,the house of a senior citizen couple had been burgled of Rs 1.5 lakh. The owner of the house,83-year-old Pundalik Jamshandekar,had registered a complaint with us. A few days before the robbery at Jamshandekars house,robbers had also broken into a Christian ladys house. All the three robberies had been carried out in the span of ten days and had the same modus operandi, said police inspector (Crime) Chandrakant Thakur.
Acting on a tip-off,the police arrested Joseph Krishna Dasari (20) and Jignesh Mansukhlal Kholiya (19),both residents of Gawlipada in Mulund. The police said that while Dasari has over 15 cases of robbery registered against him,the police are yet to find whether Kholiya is on any police record. Police officials said that Dasari was notorious for evading interrogation as after being arrested he would pretend to have fits in order to escape being grilled.
The accused confessed to all the three robberies and we were able to recover almost 90 per cent of the stolen booty. During interrogation,they revealed that during the day they would roam around Mulund keeping an eye on those buildings which are under repairs. Such buildings have scaffoldings erected for construction purposes and the duo would enter the building using it. Similarly,they would look out for flats that have no grilles and enter the flats through the windows, said police sub-inspector Sanjay Sable who is investigating the cases.
All the three burglaries were conducted in the wee hours,at flats located on the third floor. All the three flats did not have grilles on their windows and the robbers entered and left through the windows. Karkal stays in a residential complex and on the day of the crime there were a handful of security guards at work. However,the duo had entered the complex by jumping over a wall at the backside where there was no surveillance, said Sable.