Three sandalwood trees were chopped and their logs stolen from the premises of the Mission Compound bungalow at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Salisbury Park. The theft was discovered on Thursday. Ravi Nikamani (53),estate manager of the Seventh Day Adventists Mission,lodged a complaint at Swargate police station.
Police said unidentified persons chopped the trees and stole logs worth Rs 15,000 sometime before June 20.
Cases of sandalwood thefts from the premises have been reported in the past too. In July 2010,a gang hailing from Madhya Pradesh had attempted to steal sandalwood logs from the premises. However,alert watchman Gundi Mataiyya heard the noise of tree felling and informed the police. The Swargate police team rushed to the spot and arrested five persons.
In July 2008,watchman Suresh Bhaskar Avhad had foiled sandalwood theft on the premises when he helped police nab thief Appa Balu Sawant (24) of Gultekdi.
On June 14,Chatushrungi police arrested eight persons for sandalwood theft on Raj Bhavan premises.