The Bangur Nagar police cracked the case of the Rs 61 lakh jewellery theft at the Popley and Sons jewellery counter at Shopper Stop Inorbit Mall in Malad within two days of the crime.
The police initially suspected the salespersons of the jewellery counter and detained one of them, Ejaz Shaikh, for keeping the duplicate keys of the jewellery counter in a draw without a lock.
“The security of the showroom told us they had seen anybody sneaking the ornaments out. That confirmed that the robber was an insider,” Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region), said. “The systematic way of committing the robbery proved that it had been done at night. The robber had taken his time and we were sure he was inside the mall all night.”
The police checked which employee had not left the mall the after duty the previous day. Closed circuit television cameras showed Anwar Shaikh, supervisor of the perfume counters, had neither left on Thursday nor entered on Friday. “Shaikh’s duty was to start at 11.30 am on Friday but we saw him climb the stairs inside Shopper Stop at 10.30 am,” said Pawar. The police checked the location of Shaikh’s mobile phone on the night of the theft and traced it to Inorbit mall. The police arrested Shaikh but could not get him to confess until they threatened to search his house. “Shaikh’s father has heart trouble and Shaikh was afraid he might get a heart attack if we searched his house. So he confessed,” said Pawar.
The police have recovered the loot except for three rings.