Footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at the Dadar housing complex helped the police catch the three robbers who had broken into a flat last week.
On March 14, three men broke into the seventh-floor flat of Ranjit Thakur, a dealer of theatre audio systems, at Chaitanya Towers and fled with cash and valuables worth Rs 32 lakh.
The police have booked Dhananjay Singh alias Bheem (28), Rehmat Rangrez (32) and Sunil Jaiswal (28), residents from Uttar Pradesh, on theft charges.
“We arrested them on Saturday when they were in Bheem's Tata Indica at Dadar,” said Senior Inspector Ashok Unde.
Most of the stolen property booty has been recovered.
“The CCTV footage showed them entering Chaitanya Towers complex in an Indica three to four times on that day. They were also seen in the lobby,” said Assistant Police Inspector Jayawant Sawant.
The police got details of their entry in the register at the main gate. “They made an entry that they wanted to go to the Reliance guesthouse but were in a different wing. We got the number of the car, which is owned by Bheem, and tracked them down,” said an officer.
“Bheem, a frequent visitor at the complex, knew the guards did not check visitors in cars. They noticed newspapers lying outside the Thakurs’ flat and found out from the security guard that they were not in town,” Sawant said.
Sawant said: “Rangrez would befriend watchmen, security guards and maids at posh housing complexes, who would subsequently tip him about prospective targets. But in this case, Bheem, who owned a car rental company, knew the complex.”
“There are 20 cases against Rangrez in Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Bheem and Rangrez were also arrested last year in a Rs 1.38 crore robbery case,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.