Police arrested a carpenter and three helpers who stole Rs 9,000 from a hidden locker embedded in a cupboard he had built for a family in south Delhi’s Defence Colony.
Police arrested carpenter Ibrahim and his associates Jitender, Rinku and a juvenile on Friday from Sangam Vihar where they live in rented accommodations. A mobile phone and the money were recovered from their possession, police said.
Ibrahim, a carpenter who is a daily-wager, was contacted by customer Prem Lata to build her a cupboard. The instructions entailed building a miniature mandir, behind which was to be a secret locker. “Ibrahim took a week to build the cupboard in Prem Lata’s flat in February. He was assisted by three others. Then, he planned to rob her a month later because he was the only one who knew the location of the locker,” a police officer posted at Defence Colony said.
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Police said Ibrahim directed his associates to cover their faces because he had noted Prem Lata’s flat had CCTV cameras. On the afternoon of May 23, Ibrahim and his associates went into the flat while Prem Lata, her husband and son were away. Only her daughter was at home. Ibrahim and associates looted the locker, keeping the girl at knife point.
Once police registered an FIR, they first decided to trace the carpenters who had built the cupboard because they were the only ones privy to the location of the locker. Police traced them to their homes by tracing the locations of Ibrahim’s mobile phone.