Footage from a closed circuit television camera (CCTV), and the presence of mind of some locals, led the police to the accused in a Rs22-lakh jewellery robbery case. The police arrested four people in the case on Tuesday. They are on the lookout for a fifth accused.
On Monday night, three men allegedly broke into a house in Lassi building, Ulhasnagar –II, through a window in the toilet. The lone resident of the flat, Puspa Lohana, 56, a housewife, was home at the time.
The robbers threatened her and escaped with jewellery worth Rs22 lakh as well as Rs20,000 in cash, at knife point, said the deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar, Shivajirao Rathod.
“Initially, our investigative officer Siddharath Wagh and PI Kalyan Gethe were clueless and had no leads. However, some locals told police that residents had installed six CCTV cameras in the area for surveillance, as most residents there are in the jewellery business. One of these was near the scene of the robbery,” Rathod said.
Police obtained the footage and on scanning it saw three accused fleeing the spot. With the help of a technical expert, the police enhanced the footage quality and identified the accused. They then arrested Kishan Ashoklal Ramayani, 26, Annu Harijan, 23, Ramkumar Hariram Chaurasiya, 24 and Akash Shivaji Chavhan, 25. They also recovered most of the jewellery.
Police said Ramayani, a resident of the area, had tipped off the robbers about Lohana.
“I will recommend the investigation officer and his team for a reward,” said Rathod.