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28-year-old man held for stealing 200 trophies from south Mumbai sports shop

The police said that the accused had sneaked into the shop through the window, and fled with 200 trophies.

mumbai Updated: Jul 25, 2017 11:36 IST
Sagar Rajput

Azad Maidan police have arrested a 28-year-old drug-addict for stealing trophies from a sports shop in Kalbadevi, Mumbai.

The police have identified the accused as Sandeep Apte, who is a resident of Kalbadevi.

The police said that the accused had sneaked into the shop through the window, and fled with 200 trophies.

An officer from Azad Maidan police station said, “The incident took place around 8.30pm, when the accused broke the window of the shop and went inside. The accused then collected all the trophies in one sack and fled with it.”

The complainant learnt about the incident after he got a call from a local informing him about the incident. A case was registered with the Azad Maidan police station.

“CCTV cameras were attached inside the shop, so we checked the footage and identified the accused. Later, while patrolling near Azad Maidan, we saw Apte at around 1.30am on the same night, and got him to the police station on the basis of suspicion,” said an officer.

Initially, the police had detained Apte on the basis of suspicion, as he looked identical to the person seen on the CCTV footage, and following his confession, the accused was arrested.

“The accused claimed that he had went inside the shop to steal some money but as there wasn’t any money, he stole the trophies. Apte was planning to sell the trophies the next day, but he was arrested earlier and all the 200 trophies were recovered,” said an officer.

The accused has been booked under sections 454 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 380 (theft in dwelling house, etc) of the Indian Penal Code. While he was produced in Esplanade court and has been remanded to judicial custody.