Two unidentified people looted 219 smartphones worth Rs29.45 lakh from a warehouse at Sagar Complex, Narpoli, in Bhiwandi at midnight on Monday. The police suspect there were more than two people involved in the robbery.
Incidentally, the godown was targeted last year too by robbers who looted phones worth Rs1 crore. Ten people were arrested from Uttar Pradesh. The police recovered Rs65 lakh.
Taking cue from the 2015 heist, the Narpoli police dispatched teams to Uttar Pradesh and Aurangabad in search of the suspects.
The losses to the owner of the shop were reduced owning to the alertness of a watchman who informed the police about the break-in, a source said. The arrival of police on the spot forced the robbers to leave nearly 300 phones behind, saving lakhs of rupees. On the heist day, the building had a total of 500 phones worth Rs52.45 lakh.
“The suspects drilled a hole through the rear wall to enter the warehouse while the guard was sleeping outside. After hearing sounds in the building, he alerted the police and later the owner, Ankush Rayaji Shinde, 36, from Navi Mumbai” D Shivthare, senior police inspector, said and added that the cops came within a whisker of nabbing the culprits. Checkpoints at various places were also set up to trace them.
Shinde filed a police complaint on Tuesday.
A case against unidentified people was registered under sections 457(house trespass or break-in at night in order to commit an offence) and 380 (theft in house) of the Indian Penal Code.