The Tardeo police who are investigating the theft of diamond jewellery from a South Mumbai flat have not yet been able to recover the stolen jewellery that is valued Rs 1.5 crore.
The police in their probe have made inquiries with several people, including the wife of a “renowned” jewellery dealer in Chor Bazaar. The complainant is a NRI businessman who is based in Muscat but frequently travels to Mumbai.
The theft came to light when the NRI’s wife came to Mumbai from Muscat in May and did not find the diamond jewellery. The woman called up her husband up who flew down in June and lodged a case of theft with the Tardeo police.
The complainant claimed that his caretaker Rajesh Aga had stolen the jewellery. Based on the complaint, Aga was arrested on charges of theft on July 12.
“Aga admitted that he called a keymaker to make a duplicate key for the drawer in which the diamonds were kept but he claimed that he did not find the diamond-studded jewellery and only stole Rs 40,000 in cash,” said an investigator.
The jewellery, police said, were kept in a locked drawer and not a safe.
Subsequently, the police arrested the keymaker who told them that he thought Aga was the owner of the flat.
“The keymaker in his statement to the police said Aga drove up to to him in an Innova and posed as the owner of his employer’s vehicle and flat,” said an investigator.
According to the police, Aga used to host several gathering, especially with a friend named Dharmesh and a woman called Uma Patil. Both have also been inquired with by the police.
“Patil’s husband was a renowned seller in Dongri’s notorious market Chor Bazaar where most stolen goods in the city are sold. Patil’s husband died last year and she has taken over the business. They only sell stolen jewellery,” said an investigator who claimed that there are several calls exchanged between Patil and Aga.
As the police are unable to prove that Aga stole the diamond jewellery, their suspicion is even pointing towards one of the complainant’s relatives who visited the Tardeo residence in May.
“The complainant was briefly in Mumbai in March and then his wife came in May. Between this period, the jewellery has been stolen. A relative from Pune who visited the Tardeo residence was found to be staying for a day in the same home. We find her trip suspicious and are making inquiries with her,” said an officer.