Yet another high-value robbery, the sixth in 10 days, shocked Mumbai Police on Tuesday when two unidentified people snatched a bag containing more than four kg gold jewellery worth Rs 3.5 million in the posh Juhu area of north-west Mumbai.
According to senior police inspector Pradeep D Shinde of Juhu Police Station, Mohammed AM Ansari, an employee of Indian Security Services, a company that specializes in hallmarking of jewellery, was waiting outside a shop near Andheri's Irla junction, waiting to deliver gold valuables to a jeweller.
Just then, two passers-by stopped and told Ansari that his wallet had fallen out of his pocket. When he bent down to check, a man grabbed his suitcase containing the valuables and fled, Shinde told IANS.
The Indian Security Services regularly picks up large quantities of gold jewellery from jewellers all over Mumbai and takes them to its hallmark laboratory in Andheri east.
A Mumbai jeweller, Shrikrishna Verlekar, proprietor of Pramila Jewellers at Borivli in north-west Mumbai, explained that usually most jewellers stock large quantities of gold and diamond jewellery to cater to the huge demand during the festival and marriage season that started from August-end and will continue till January.