When members of a Bibwewadi family noticed jewellery going missing from their home,they initially dismissed it as the handiwork of one of their domestic helps. It was only later that they realised that the thief was actually their 13-year-old daughter who was trying to help a family friend. As it turned out,the family friend,a 30-year-old tour operator,had allegedly lied to the girl and told her that he needed the jewellery for his ailing wifes treatment. The tour operator,Sagar Vasant Kalbhor,has been arrested.
According to the police,over the past four months,Kalbhor made the girl bring him valuables worth Rs 10.9 lakh from her house. Kalbhor,a resident of Bakulnagar area in Bibwewadi,and his family have known the complainant for the last 12 years,the police said. Assistant inspector B R Nayakawadi said,The girl has known Kalbhor since she was a child and calls him Sagar dada or Sagar bhaiyya.
Police said the girl first took away the valuables from the house about four months ago. Nayakawadi said,When the family members realised that some ornaments were missing,they thought that it could have been some one of their domestic helps. Recently,more ornaments went missing. The girls mother noticed a change in her behaviour and spoke to her at length about it. She asked her if she knew about the theft. The girl then confided in her.
We learnt that Kalbhor has even made duplicate keys of the cupboard in the girls house, he added.
According to the complainant,when the family members confronted Kalbhor and asked him to return the jewellery,he threatened them. The stolen ornaments included gold chains,necklaces,bracelets and rings.
Kalbhor has been remanded in police custody till Friday. He has also been running
vehicles by fraudulently changing the registration number of a vehicle that he owns, Nayakawadi said.