Two watchmen have been held for allegedly breaking into a doctor’s home in Charkop earlier this month and stealing valuables worth Rs 44 lakh. Four other men, including the watchman of the building where the theft took place, are still wanted.
The Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested Biru Dhansingh Bika (30) and Sherbahadur Sahi (26) on May 13 and May 16 and recovered Rs 1.5 lakh of the stolen property from them.
According to the police, Deepak Singh, a watchman employed at Shri Vinayak Housing Society in Charkop’s Sector 5, gathered five other men and allegedly broke into a sixth floor apartment at 3 am on May 7.
The police have said Singh had been aware that the doctor and his family were away in Mahabaleshwar for a few days.
An officer from Charkop police station said the gang ransacked the home and fled with jewellery, watches, cameras and cell phones worth Rs 44.29 lakh at 4.30 am. “They also destroyed CCTV cameras in the building and took away the digital video-recording machine so that they would not be traced,” the officer said.
A few hours later, the society’s secretary noticed that the door of the doctor’s home was open and alerted the police after discovering that a theft had taken place. During a search on the society premises, the police found that the CCTV camera in the lift was still intact, though they had been also damaged, allegedly by the thieves.
“We have found footage of the gang going in and out of the building and can see their faces in it,” the officer said.