Gold jewellery worth around Rs2 crore was stolen from a shop at Vashi. The shopkeeper said an unidentified person entered the shop after making a hole at the rear end of the shop and stole the jewellery. Jewellery shops at Vashi shut their shops in protest after the incident.
The incident took place between 2.30pm and 4 pm at Maruti Jewellers located at sector 9 in Vashi. Jewellery shops usually shut during these timings for lunch.
The police said the robbers entered the shop from a hole that was found at the back of the shop. Navi Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed, who visited the spot said, "Prima facie it seems that the theft was conducted by someone who knew the shop very well. The hole was made over a period of several days."
"The person who has done it even stole the CCTV camera. There was an alarm in the shop but that did not go off," Javed added.
The jewellers have reacted strongly to the incident. Ashok Dharmavati, president of Navi Mumbai Jewellers Association said, "We called the police as soon as we learnt of the incident. But the officials were busy in a meeting and hence reached an hour late."
"The area at the back side of the shop is filthy hence no one goes there. The security guard too was away for lunch. Around 10 to 12 kg of gold jewellery has been taken away. Today we have only shut our shops. If we do not get justice we will resort to morchas and agitations," he added.