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Employee held for 25 lakh diamond heist at kalbadevi

The crime branch has solved the mystery of the over Rs 23-lakh diamond heist from a diamond jewellery manufacturing unit at Kalbadevi in October this year with the arrest of one of the workers at the firm.

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2010 02:33 IST

The crime branch has solved the mystery of the over Rs 23-lakh diamond heist from a diamond jewellery manufacturing unit at Kalbadevi in October this year with the arrest of one of the workers at the firm. Joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy said the diamonds worth Rs 22 lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash had been recovered following the arrest of Kalpesh Shah, 38, the arrested worker.

According to the police, on October 30, Ranjit Mittal, 40, who owns a diamond jewellery manufacturing unit at Sarkaria Mansion in Kalbadevi, discovered that 680 carats of diamonds (worth around Rs 23.8 lakh) was missing from the case. He then reported the theft to the LT Marg police station. The LT Marg police drew a blank in the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Unit XII crime branch was tipped off that the heist had been committed by Kalpesh, a worker at the unit, who was about to flee to Gujarat from Borivli. Accordingly a trap was laid at Borivli railway station and Kalpesh was nabbed at around 12.15 pm on Friday.

Kalpesh led the police to a house in south Mumbai from where the police recovered stolen diamonds worth Rs 22 lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash. Kalpesh allegedly told the police that he used to keep the key of the firm with himself. On October 28, he turned up around 10 am and took the diamonds kept in the case and left office. The manager of the firm, Sandeep Mehta and others had tried to contact him but he had switched off his phone. Kalpesh allegedly told the police that his wife had left him three years ago due to his alcoholism.

He was a regular at beer (dance) bars and was living with a bar girl at Khetwadi. He had incurred heavy debts due to his extravagant lifestyle and was forced to steal diamonds from the firm in order to pay up debts. He has been remanded in police custody.