A man who tried to trick the police fell into his own trap after being caught on CCTV cameras.
Raju Mahadev Dhanavade, 23, who is unemployed and stays with his widowed mother and elder brother, had approached the police on Tuesday alleging that four people had attacked him with a knife and snatched his gold chain at SEEPZ in Andheri (East). Dhanavade also had a wound on his arm to prove his story, the police said.
Dhanavade also registered a case of house breaking with the police claiming gold ornaments worth Rs1.30 lakh were stolen from his house.
He told the police that he suspected the woman who lived in his house to take care of his mother was the thief. When the police questioned her, however, they ruled out her involvement in the case.
The police then registered a case of robbery against an unidentified man.
The police said Dhanavade told them he was attacked at SEEPZ Gate No 2 near the Saibaba Temple. What he did not know, however, was the presence of a CCTV camera installed at a jewellery shop nearby, which had captured the entire incident.
The police went through the footage and found that Dhanavade had inflicted the wound on himself. They then called Dhanavade for questioning where he confessed to his crime, the police said.
Dhanavade allegedly told the police that he is a gambling addict and had sold his gold chain to fund his addiction. He confessed to hatching the robbery plan because he could not think of any other way to explain the missing gold chain to his family, the police added.
"Dhanavade also admitted to have committed the theft in his own house to fund his gambling habit. He even said he had succeeded in fooling the police once using the same trick. We have arrested Dhanavade for providing false information to the investigating officer under section 182 of the Indian Penal Code. He is currently in police custody," said Mohan Waghmare, police inspector of MIDC police station.