A sudden spurt in housebreaking in the city has the police worried.
Since Thursday, at least 10 houses have been broken into and cash and valuables worth over Rs18 lakh stolen.
Early on Friday morning, burglars broke into four houses in a building in Sriram Society, Kalachowkie.
Two similar thefts were reported in Sakinaka and Dahisar.
On Thursday, four incidents of house break-ins were reported in Khar, Versova and Dahisar where cash and valuables worth around Rs6 lakh were stolen.
According to the police, the thefts on Friday took place in four flats of building no 8 located in Abhudaya Nagar, which is a stone’s throw away from the Kalachowkie police station.
The police suspect the same gang committed theft in all four flats — room numbers 575, 583, 608 and 617.
The thieves stole cash and valuables worth around Rs5.85 lakh from three flats and ransacked the fourth one, the police said.
Prajakta Rasam, 40, who resides in flat no 575 with her husband, son and mother-in-law, said, “We were in Andheri as my mother-in-law recently had an operation. We were there since the past four days, but my nephew had been staying at our house. On Friday, our neighbours called us and told us that the lock on the main door had been broken. We rushed back and found that cash and valuables worth Rs7,000 were stolen.”
Prajakta is a bank employee while her husband is employed with Reliance as an assistant manager.
The burglars then struck at flats owned by Lau Chauhan and Satish Kale from where they made away with cash and valuables worth Rs5.78 lakh.
“They didn’t find anything in the fourth house which is given out on rent,” said Sunil Jain, senior inspector, Kalachowkie police station. “We have registered a case of house break-in against an unidentified person.”
In Sakinaka, an unidentified person broke into the house of Santosh Joshi who resides in Sakivihar Road in Chandivli and made away with cash and valuables worth over Rs4.76 lakh.
In Dahisar, burglars broke into the residence of Mangla Shenoy, 65, while she was visiting her sister in Mulund and stole cash and valuables worth Rs1.94 lakh.
The police suspect that in all six incidents the burglars were aware that the occupants of the houses were out of town or spending time with their relatives.