The crime branch has arrested two persons who allegedly committed at least 25 house break-ins in the city. Police have recovered booty worth over Rs 25 lakh from Nilesh Ankush Kale (36) of Gandhi Nagar slums, Dehurao, and Aamir Antun Shinde (25) of Ambedkar slums, Pimpri. The police said the two were mainly committing thefts at plush apartments.
Acting on a tip-off received by Inspector Sunil Pawar of the crime branch, a team laid a trap and nabbed the duo in Sangvi area on Wednesday. During investigation, they reportedly confessed to their involvement in 25 thefts in Sangvi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aundh, Susgaon and other areas.
The police have seized the motorcycle and other equipment used by them while committing the thefts. Besides, stolen gold and silver ornaments and cash, all worth Rs 25,36,000, have been recovered from the suspects. An offence was registered against them at the Sangvi police station. The police said the suspects were history-sheeters.
Explaining the modus operandi of the suspects, the police said they were mainly targeting the locked flats in plush residential societies in the city during the day. They would break the lock latches using certain equipment, steal ornaments and other valuables and then flee on their motorcycle. Investigation revealed that the suspects had mortgaged the stolen gold and silver ornaments at a jewellery shop in Chakan. The booty was recovered from the jeweller.
The suspects were produced before the magistrate’s court in Pimpri on Thursday. They were remanded in police custody till March 3. The police suspect that the two to have committed more thefts.
The investigating team comprised Inspector Sunil Pawar, Assistant Inspector Jalinder Tandale, Havaldars Gunsilansingh Rangam, Mahesh Pawar, Ashok Gaikwad, Sanjay Gavare, Shashikant Shinde, Kaluram Renuse, Pratik Lahigude, Dhananjay Chavan, Raju More, Nagnath Lakde, Vivekananda Sapkale, Raju Kakde, Bashid Sayyad, Raju Rasge, Nitin Tarte and Sujit Pawar.