The Chembur police are on the lookout for a man and a woman who had allegedly broken into three shops early on Wednesday and had also attempted to steal from two more shops.
The incident occurred on Wednesday between 4.47 am and 5.15 am near Chembur vegetable market. When the shopkeepers arrived on Wednesday morning they noticed the shutters of the shops were open and their goods stolen.
They soon called the police who reached the spot and after going through the CCTV camera footage they came to know that a couple had looted their stores. According to sources, in the footage, a man was seen opening the shutters with a screwdriver. The duo decamped with clothes and cosmetics worth Rs91,800 from the shops.
Sources in the police stated that the faces seen in the CCTV footage are not clear but they are trying to identify the accused using it. They are also investigating in the locality to find clues in the case.
According to the police, thieves thrive on such seasons when people stay out of their houses for a long duration. “House break-ins increase during this season and we appeal people to stay alert and inform us immediately if they come across any information,” said Shahji Umap, deputy commissioner of police, zone 6. The police have increased night patrolling in order to avoid such incidents.
A case has been registered against unidentified duo under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 454 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment).