Updated: September 7, 2021 1:25:12 pm
A 50-year-old woman was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing cash and valuables from houses across Mumbai. According to the Kandivali police, the accused said she resorted to stealing as she could not afford medicines for her disabled child.
Identifying the accused as Chikoobai Kale, a resident of Pune, the police said she would often travel to Mumbai and steal valuables from houses before returning to Pune. Over the last five years, she allegedly targeted several houses in this manner.
“She would come to Mumbai, sleep on pavements at nights and during the day she would try to enter the premises of housing societies by posing as a domestic help, after which she would look for houses with doors left open or ajar,” a police officer said.
Kale was arrested after she targeted a senior citizen on MG Road in Kandivali (West).
The officer added: “The victim’s husband had gone to a temple. Seeing the door open, Kale entered the house. The woman in the house was taking a bath at the time. Hearing some noise, she stepped out and saw someone fleeing. When she checked the cupboard, the woman found some of her jewellery missing.” The woman then raised an alarm and alerted neighbours after which the police was called and a case of theft was registered.
Tracking CCTV footage, investigators saw that the woman took a local train from Kandivali station to CSTM from where she boarded another train to Pune.
“On further investigation, we came to know that the woman had previously been arrested for similar offences by Shivaji Park police. Our team managed to get her address and went to her house in Pune,” said the officer. Kale was subsequently taken to Mumbai and placed under arrest.