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Man held within five hours of burglary

Accused Akash Jadhav climbed the water pipeline of a south Mumbai building and entered the flat of builder Navin Shah. He made away with Rs 6,000 in cash and a cellphone

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
December 26, 2013 2:25:09 am

A burglar who allegedly entered a third floor apartment in south Mumbai and stole a cellphone and cash was arrested by the police within five hours of a complaint being registered. Police suspect that he is a repeat offender and are interrogating him in connection with another burglary that occurred a month ago.

According to Marine Drive police,the accused has been identified as Akash Jadhav a pavement dweller from Parel. Police said Jadhav climbed the water-supply pipe of Sadhana Apartments in Churchgate and entered into the residence of builder Navin Shah Monday morning. He allegedly entered the bedroom through a window,where Shah’s daughter Shilpa was sleeping and stole Rs 6,000 and a cellphone. He exited through the window. Shilpa discovered the theft after she woke up and contacted the Marine Drive police.

“While we were conducting inquiries at the Shah residence,they got a call,asking them if a cellphone from their house had been stolen. The caller turned out to be a constable with the Bhoiwada police. After speaking to him I learned that Jadhav was detained by them on suspicion as he was seen using a cellphone that seemed to be beyond his means. When asked how a pavement dweller could afford a high-end cellphone,he was unable to offer an explanation. Following this,he was taken into custody. The Bhoiwada police then contacted some numbers stored in the cellphone,” said sub-inspector Santosh Tore,Marine Drive police station.

Tore and Shilpa identified the cellphone at the Bhoiwada police station. The cash was also recovered from him,police said.

Jadhav was then arrested and produced in court,where he was sentenced to judicial custody. However,the police subsequently took him into custody in connection with another burglary case that occurred in their jurisdiction.

“Jadhav is thin and could easily squeeze himself through a window. We suspect that he has used his physical attributes to break into other houses as well. Further investigation is on,” Tore added.

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