A robber who had hidden stolen booty in a sand dune was made to dig it out by the Dharavi police recently. According to the police,a three-member police team arrested the accused from his hometown in Rajasthan.
According to the police,one Bagaram Patel,a jewellery shop owner,had filed a complaint on January 7 alleging that one of his workers had absconded with jewellery worth Rs 5.7 lakh and Rs 1.3 lakh in cash. Patel in his statement said that he suspected his servant Jogaram Mali (20) who went missing after the theft. Preliminary investigation revealed that Mali was a native of Rajasthan. So we guessed that he might have left for his hometown with the stolen property, said Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Thakur who had sent an investigation team comprising Assistant Police Inspector Tajuddin Sayyad and constables Suresh Yadav and A Adhate to Rajasthan.
The team reached Dhundhal village in Luni region of Rajasthan on January 12 and a routine round of enquiry led them to Malis residence. His parents seemed to have realised that the police were after their son and even tried to alert him. However,we had surrounded his house and nabbed him. During interrogation,Mali confessed to have robbed the shop and agreed to show us the place where he had hidden the stolen jewellery, said Sayyad,who led the team.
According to the officials,they began to search for the jewellery well beyond the midnight. Mali had hidden it in a desert near his uncles house,which is around 30 kilometre away from his village. He knew exactly where he had hidden the jewellery. When we reached there,it was 3 am and after digging the soil,we found the jewellery except for a few pieces, said Sayyad.
Yadav added that during the interrogation,Mali revealed that he had done a recce of the neighbouring villages before coming to Dhundhal.
The police officials said that Mali had been working under Patel for the past six months and Patel had given him the key to the shop. On January 7,when Patel was out for some work,Mali had stolen jewellery and cash from the shop and fled. After his arrest,the police produced Mali before a local magistrate in Rajasthan and secured his remand.
While most of the jewellery has been recovered,we are yet to ascertain how Mali had spent the stolen cash, said Thakur.