Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Police bust inter-state jewellery thieves gang


PUNE: The Bharati Vidyapeeth police busted an eight-member inter-state gang who posed as gold polishers and stole ornaments. Police recovered 280g of gold worth Rs 8.8 lakh from them.

Those arrested include Vinod Bhagat (32), Raja Yadav (24), Mohammed Shaikh (28), Rajesh Pandit (20), Sachinkumar Gupta (33), Munnakumar Shah (31) Mohammed Zakir (24) and Mohammed Rafique Mohammed Zakir (25). All eight are from Bhagalpur district in Bihar.They were staying in Alandi.Their accomplices are still at large.

With these arrests, the police have solved 12 jewellery theft cases. A team led by senior inspector Vijaysinh Gaikwad and inspector Rajkumar Waghchoure made the arrests since May 30."Bhagat and Yadav were the brains of the operation. We suspect they had brought several men from Bihar. The suspects used to visit houses in the afternoon when, normally , housewives are alone," said Pravin Mundhe, deputy commissioner of police (Zone II)

"They would polish utensils to gain their victims' confidence. Then they would convince them to bring out their jewellery for polishing, divert their attention and flee with the ornaments," Mundhe said.

"Our investigation is ongoing. We were able to bust the gang thanks to a tip received by constable Mahesh Mandlik," Mundhe added. He appealed to the public not to fall for such traps, and to get ornaments polished at authorized shops.


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