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The Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have arrested a serial burglar who was getting ready to purchase a flat from the proceeds of his crimes. Police have claimed to have solved as many as 30 cases of house break-ins in Pimpri-Chinchwad over the last three years and have recovered valuables of over Rs 77 lakh following his arrest.
A team from Chinchwad police station, which was probing into a series of burglaries, was studying security camera footage from these cases when it found that a suspect with the same appearance was involved in a number of cases. But even after several attempts, the team was not able to identify the man. Recently, they received a tip-off that a man with exactly the same description and features was running a roadside eatery. A close watch on his movements confirmed his identity as Lakhan Jetithor, who had been booked in nine cases of burglaries in Solapur between 2009 and 2012.
Investigation revealed his involvement in several cases of burglaries in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Jetithor was then detained and questioned. He has allegedly committed 30 house break-ins between 2019 and 2021, mainly in Chinchwad area, along with Bhosari and Chikhali.
Senior Inspector Vishwajeet Khule, in-charge of Chinchwad police station, said, “Our probe has revealed that Jetithor used to conduct a recce of target areas and located locked houses and flats. We have also found out that he had rented three places at various times to live close to houses he was targeting. In some cases, he has spent the night with a friend living nearby after committing burglaries. He was preparing to buy a flat from the proceeds of his burglaries. We have recovered 780 grams of gold, 10 high-end TV sets, an SUV and other valuables following his arrest.”
Police have also arrested two jewelers from Rahatni who had purchased stolen gold and silver valuables from Jetithor in the past.
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