Four men have been arrested for theft after one of them peeked out from behind his cover and was captured on the CCTV camera of the room they had broken into, the Saki Naka police have claimed.
The men were arrested on June 14, hours after they allegedly broke into three homes in Saki Naka. They were on their way to sell gold jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh they had stolen from one of the houses when they were nabbed, officers said.
The police have identified them as Zahid Shaikh (20), Mubarak Shaikh (19), Akash Ambure (20) and Zafar Chaudhari (21), residents of Saki Naka, who met in Arthur Road Jail earlier this year. Between 11 pm on June 13 and 3 am on June 14, the men allegedly struck at three homes at Vijay Mansion Chawl and Shivneri Sadan Chawl, their faces covered with handkerchiefs. The first home they broke into, at Shivneri Sadan Chawl, yielded nothing of value. “The accused then went to Vijay Mansion Chawl and broke the lock of a keychain-making unit owned by Jagdish Vaidya. They used the kick-starter of a motorbike to pry the lock open. Zahid entered the room first and found that a CCTV camera was fitted inside,” said sub-inspector Rahul Waghmare of the Saki Naka police station.
Three of the men, Waghmare added, then decided to enter the room hiding under the large cover of a motorbike parked nearby, while Zahid kept watch outside, his face hidden behind a schoolbag he had carried along for that purpose.
“After a few minutes, Zahid grew impatient and began to wonder what the others were doing inside. He looked out from behind the schoolbag and his handkerchief slipped. The men stole only Rs 1,000 and a bundle of keychains from the room,” Waghmare said.
The four then broke into the neighbouring home of Sonali Auti, who was on holiday in her village, and stole a gold necklace, chain, earrings and a nose ring.
Auti returned on June 14, and registered a complaint. The police reviewed footage from Vaidya’s unit and spotted Zahid’s face. Waghmare’s team then nabbed them after a tip-off.