A PAIR of trousers he left behind was the undoing of a man wanted for stealing jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh from the house of his employer on Pedder Road.
The Gamdevi police, investigating the case, was led to the alleged criminal after it made inquiries with the tailor who had stitched the trousers.
Police said the accused, Santosh Kumar Yadav, hailing from Jharkhand, had recently arrived in the city. He was introduced to Pedder Road resident Mehul Jain on October 30 and employed as a domestic help at the businessman’s residence.
“Yadav joined work the next day. As he intended to steal, he submitted a fake Aadhaar card to his employer… Within two days, he fled with jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh from Jain’s residence,” an officer said. On November 2, the businessman approached the Gamdevi police and got a case registered under Section 381 (theft by servant) of the IPC.
“As the Aadhaar card turned out to be fake, we realised that we had no clue in our hands. We then found Yadav’s trousers at his employer’s residence,” said the officer. Following this, the tailor was located in Khar, and he provided the police Yadav’s Jharkhand address. “He also gave us the name of the placement agency Yadav had contacted for work.”
The police contacted the domestic help placement agency, which provided the investigators with Yadav’s picture. “They told us that Yadav had taken a train to Jharkhand… he had recently contacted them, again asking for work. The agency provided us with the contact number of the person accompanying him,” the officer added.
Police then laid a trap at CST station on Monday. “The accused entered the train five minutes before departure, due to which we couldn’t locate him. So, we contacted the GRP officials at Koderma station in Jharkhand, who got hold of him as soon as he alighted from the train,” the officer said. A police team was sent to Jharkhand, which brought Yadav to the city on transit remand on Thursday. Officers claimed that they have recovered at least 40 per cent of the valuables stolen from Jain’s residence.
Yadav has been booked on charges of theft under IPC. He was produced in court on Friday, which remanded him in police custody till November 12.