They often flew into the city in the morning and flew out in the evening after finishing the day’s work. Just that these four men from Uttar Pradesh are not jet-setting executives.
They are a group of thieves who travelled from Ghaziabad to Mumbai by air to break into houses, rob them and take the loot back home – a quick way to fund a lavish lifestyle.
The Ghaziabad police handed over the men, Vikram Thakur, Ravi Sharan, Mukesh Jatt and Shailendra Jatt, to the Mumbai police on Thursday. They belonged to well-to-do families, the police said. While Thakur and Sharan work for a call centre in Ghaziabad, Mukesh and Shailendra are brothers who come from an affluent family.
All four live in Ghaziabad, said the police.
A police officer from Santacruz police station, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the men would fly to Mumbai and check into a three-star hotel. They would then identify houses that are locked during the day.
They would enter these houses by breaking open the locks on the front door lock and flee with cash and valuables.
They would then collect their belongings from the hotel and fly back to Ghaziabad. “They have used a similar modus operandi in other cities also,” the police officer said.
The Ghaziabad police arrested the four in a local theft case. The police traced them with the help of the registration number of their car, which they had used in the crime.
The accused have several house break-in theft cases against them in Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad and Ghaziabad. The total value or cash and valuables stolen in all the cases is likely to be in lakhs, the police said.
With the arrest of these four men, the Santacruz police have solved three house break-in offences committed in their jurisdiction in the last five months.
“The cash and valuables stolen from our area are worth more than Rs 5 lakh,” Madhukar Chaudhari, senior inspector of Santacruz police station, said. “The Ghaziabad police arrested the gang in connection with a case registered with them and handed them over to us. They have been remanded in judicial custody.”
Chaudhari said the Gujarat police will now try to seek custody of the four men.