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The crime branch officials on Monday criticised the private security guards while trying to snatch the credit for busting a gang of four ‘executive’ burglars...

The crime branch officials on Monday criticised the private security guards while trying to snatch the credit for busting a gang of four ‘executive’ burglars,when three of them were actually nabbed by private security men in June this year.

At a press conference on Monday,Assistant Commissioner of Police (crime) Sangramsingh Nishandar,gave “credit” to his team for busting a gang of four burglars who committed at least 40 house break-in thefts in daylight at plush residential societies in Pune. He blamed the lapses in the private security services at societies.

However,it was the private security service that had actually nabbed three members of this gang — Jagdish alias Ramaram Bhemaram Choudhary (25),Ajay Rumaram Choudhary (27) and Rajeshkumar Sansi (34),all natives of Rajasthan — in the first week of June.

On June 11,The Indian Express had highlighted how the security personnel of Magarpatta Township studied the CCTV images to identify three burglars who came in posing as corporate executives and made away after committing house break-ins. The security at the township had nabbed the burglars after a thrilling chase and handed them over to the Hadapsar police.

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The crime branch team,led by inspector Sunil Pawar,later arrested Yogesh Gangaram Kharat (26),the kingpin of this gang,who was surveying the buildings for committing thefts.

On Monday,the crime branch officers held a press conference and took the credit for busting the gang of burglars,but failed to appreciate the work done by private security staff who nabbed the three.

“If the security guards at the township had frisked the suspects at the gate,many burglaries could have been prevented. The CCTV cameras at some places have captured the images of the burglars. But there is no point in getting these images after the theft,” said Nishandar.

The police had,however,got the images of the burglars from private security staff. Manoj Sharma,the general manager (administration) of Magarpatta City had then told The Indian Express,“After every theft,we checked the CCTV footage of the place. In the footages,we found similar faces,who were well dressed. We handed over the photographs of these persons to the police and also gave the copies to our security guards. On June 2,our security team nabbed them at the township.”

Police inspector P G Mandhare of Hadapsar police station said,“The trio nabbed by Magarpatta security guards were arrested and later lodged in Yerawada jail. The crime branch has taken them in custody for further investigation after arresting the kingpin Kharat.”

Meanwhile,the crime branch detected 40 house break-ins committed by the burglars,with seizure of gold,diamonds and foreign currency worth Rs 8.1 lakh.

Nishandar said burglars were operating with a proper plan. “To deceive the security guards o,Kharat dressed as a corporate executive. He used to pass on the details of locked flats to accomplices waiting outside. The accomplices,also well dressed,then got inside as executives,and broke into the flats,” he said.

“The burglars earlier specialised in thefts at jewellery shops in Mumbai. They shifted their area of operation to Pune since 2007,after coming on the radar of Mumbai police,” said Nishandar.

“The burglars were staying at a lodge in Pune. After committing theft during daytime,they go to Mumbai to sell the stolen gold and foreign currency. We have arrested an agent Viki Raibole (20) of Zaveri Bazar,Mumbai,for accepting foreign currencies from the burglars. Jeweller Rajuram Vishnu (40),who used to buy the stolen gold from burglars,has also been held,” said Nishandar.