A 59-year-old financial consultant was robbed of jewellery worth Rs31 lakh from his Juhu residence, allegedly by his domestic help.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, police said. The accused, 32-year-old Lambodar, also known as Suresh Prabhakar Parida, is a native of Orissa and is currently absconding.
He had been working with the family for the last six years and had been registered with the police.
Police said that the victim, Harendra Jayantilal Thanewala, lives in Mittal Park housing society, JR Mhatre Marg, Juhu with his wife. His son lives in another apartment in the same building.
On Saturday morning, the couple left the apartment at around 11.30 am to attend a family gathering. Parida, who worked there full-time, was alone at home.
When the couple returned, around four hours later, they found their jewellery, including diamond, gold and silver, missing, and Parida gone.
“The couples had two cupboards containing jewellery. While Parida opened one of them with a duplicate key, he broke open the second one,” said Sanjay Saghvekar, sub-inspector, Juhu police station.
The couple tried contacting Paridar and called his mobile phone several times, but he did not respond.
Following that, they filed a complaint with the Juhu police station.
“Parida made way with gold, silver and diamond jewellery worth Rs 31,25,471. He was registered with the police and we have launched a hunt to trace him,” said Saghvekar.
The police said that Parida, who arrived in the city six years ago to work with the Thanewala family, was a resident of a town called Jagatsinghapur in Orissa.
“We have dispatched a team to Orissa to trace Parida. Besides, a team is at work in Mumbai to look for him. Our investigation is in progress and he should be nabbed soon,” said Saghvikar.