Three students including a minor, a drop-out and a small-time scrap trader were arrested by the crime branch on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of gold and diamond jewellery worth over Rs 1.46 crore from a courier firm staff near the western express highway in Vile Parle on June 23.
Joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshu Roy said valuables worth over one crore rupees were recovered from what he called the “all students gang”. The gang members were identified as Avinash Shinde alias Papa, 24, Haider Ashgar Qureshi, 19, Tanvir Afzal Ahmad 18, Nazim Nadeem Khan alias Sattar, 21 and a 17-year-old youth.
On June 23, the gang had robbed a delivery boy at gunpoint, and fled with a bag containing gold and diamond jewellery (including gold biscuits) worth more than Rs1.46 crore at PM Road in Vile Parle (East). Roy said Shinde was the robbery’s mastermind. His work for the courier firm had involved checking consignments at the airport before dispatching them to their respective destinations. “While clearing the consignments in the scanning machines, he noticed the valuables being sent through couriers and decided to steal them,” Roy added.
Qureshi, Ahmad and the minor are Class 12 students at Pathak college in Vakola, Micheal’s college in Kalina and St Mary’s junior college in Kalina respectively, while Khan is a Class 8 drop out and runs a scrap shop in Kalina. The accused were arrested from different places in Mumbai on Tuesday and Wednesday.