The Mumbai Police on Friday arrested three persons who allegedly robbed gold worth Rs 36 lakh from a gold workshop in Zaveri Bazaar at gunpoint on Wednesday. The police are still on the lookout for the other five accused who are involved in the crime. Of the three arrested persons, one was an employee at a gold shop on the building where the dacoity took place. The employee had tipped off the other accused about the gold workshop.
The incident took place around 11.30 pm on Wednesday at a gold workshop on the fourth floor of a building at Sutar chawl in Zaveri Bazaar. Nearly seven unidentified persons had entered the workshop where seven people were present. The accused had used a pistol and a chopper and threatened the seven employees. They then tied the hands and legs of the employees and took away the gold from the workshop. Later, some of the employees managed to free themselves and informed the owner about the incident.
The employees had found that a total of 1,270 grams of gold present in the workshop had been taken by the seven accused. The gold was slated to be worth Rs 36.86 lakhs. Unit 2 of the crime branch started investigating the matter and went through the CCTV footage and call data records. It came to light that nearly five accused who have past cases of robbery registered against them had carried out the crime with help from three employees working in the same building as the workshop.
“We have arrested one of the employees who tipped off the accused and two who executed the crime. We’re still on the lookout for the others who have been identified. We should be able to recover the stolen gold soon,” said a Crime Branch official.