Malad police arrested two people for allegedly drugging a couple and stealing cash and valuables worth Rs 10 lakh in May.
According to police, the accused were traced to Odisha and West Bengal, two weeks after the crime was committed. Both men are alleged to have committed similar crimes in the past in Mumbai and West Bengal.
The accused have been identified as Santosh Mahalik (27) and Sanatan Mahalik (43), both natives of Odisha. The complainants, businessman Vinay Chandak (55) and his wife Sneha Chandak (47), live in a highrise on Ahimsa Marg in Malad West.
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The Chandaks had been looking for a servant and had received a call from Santosh in May. Santosh had told them there was a man who would work for them. The police said that the complainants hired Sanatan on May 17. Sanatan, the police said, lived in the servant’s quarters in the Chandaks’ home and cooked and cleaned.
“The complainants did not know Sanatan’s surname and did not ask for proof of his identity. They did not even insist on a police verification before hiring him,” said Inspector Vijay Hatiskar of Malad police station.
On May 29, Sanatan mixed a sedative in Chandaks’ evening milkshake. “The couple fell unconscious in minutes. Sanatan stole cash and jewellery from the house. But he took only as much as would fit inside his shirt and pockets and left,” said assistant police inspector Vikram Kadam of Malad police station.
Kadam added that the couple woke at noon the next day, after worried neighbours kept ringing their doorbell. “The couple has two children who live in other cities but call their parents every morning. They got worried when their parents did not answer the phone on the morning of May 30 and asked neighbours to check on them,” Kadam said.
Vinay Chandak eventually answered the bell. They then realised the Sanatan had robbed them and lodged a police complaint. “We knew only the first names of both. We then tracked another man that Santosh knew previously. Through him we found Santosh’s address in Odisha,” Kadam said. Santosh was arrested in Balasore, Orissa, on June 7, and a trap was laid to nab Sanatan.