Two months after a gang of five broke into an HCL godown and stole 43 laptops and seven monitors, the Bhiwandi Crime Branch have arrested them.
The accused would carry the laptops in sacks and sold some laptops to students for just Rs 8,000.
The officials recovered 41 laptops and five monitors worth Rs 10,81,395 after arrested Kiran Tompe (19), Jayesh Mukadam (25), Moreshwar Daaki (19), Vishal Bhokar (19) and Deepak Tompe on Thursday.
They are all residents of Kalher village in Bhiwandi.
“They broke into the HCL godown at night and stole the laptops and monitors by prying open the shutters,” said Dhananjay Kamlakar, additional commissioner of police.
“They left no marks of break-in on the doors or windows and that’s why initially we suspected that it must be job of an insider. But after investigation, we found that these people were involved,” Kamlakar added.
The five accused have been remanded in police custody till Sunday.
In another case, the Bhiwandi crime branch arrested an autorickshaw driver for robbing women passengers.
Bhiwandi resident Nafeesurrehman Ansari (25) would attack women passengers on desolate roads and steal their jewellery.
“He would take women passengers during late evening. He would halt mid-way, say he has some work nearby and ask the passenger to get off.
When the victim would start walking, he would hit her with a wooden rod and steal her jewellery,” said
Senior Police Inspector R.K. Wadekar.
The Crime Branch has also recovered valuables worth more than 1.42 lakh from Ansari and are on the lookout for two of his accomplices.