Two teens, who had committed three house break-ins in a span of 10 days and fled with valuables worth over Rs 4 lakh, were arrested on Friday.
The accused, both teenagers, used to target buildings with scaffoldings that would help them climb easily and break into flats, which did not have grilles on their windows.
On March 3, Renu Karkal (40) an HCL executive woke up to find her closet open and gold and diamond jewellery, laptop and cellphone all worth Rs 3.83 lakh missing.
“A few days before the robbery at Karkal’s house, Rs 1.5 lakh had been burgled from the house of an elderly couple. Prior to that, the two had also broken into a Christian woman’s house,” said Police Inspector (Crime) Chandrakant Thakur.
The police arrested Joseph Dasari and Jignesh Kholiya, both 18 years of age and residents of Gawlipada in Mulund. The police said while Dasari has over 15 cases of robbery registered against him, they are yet to find out if Kholiya is on any police record.
“The accused confessed and we were able to recover almost 90 per cent of the booty,” said Police Sub-Inspector Sanjay Sable. “The duo roamed around keeping an eye out for buildings under repairs. Such buildings have scaffolding erected which they would use to climb the building. They would then look out for flats without grilles on windows.”