A theft of Rs 3.5crore in the office of a newly inaugurated jewellery showroom Geetanjali Jewellers in Andheri east was reported on Monday. The security guard of the office, who is absconding, is suspected to be behind the crime.
The Ahmedabad showroom of the jewellers was under renovation due to which a large amount of gold and diamond ornaments and other valuables were kept in the Mumbai office located on the seventh floor of Premier House in MIDC area of Andheri east, said the police.
The police further said that between Sunday 8pm and Monday 11am, the lock on the main door of the office was broken and the ornaments kept in a drawer were stolen along with a camera and a laptop. The stolen ornaments and valuables are estimated to be worth around Rs3.5 crore, said the police.
“The ornaments should have been kept in a safe which was not done in this case. The security guard, Balbhim Chivle, 22, who was on duty, has been untraceable since the crime took place and hence he is the main suspect in the case. We tried to contact him on his mobile phone which is not reachable,” said a senior police officer from MIDC police station.
The incident came to light when one of the employees came to the office around 11am and found the lock broken and the security guard missing. Suspecting foul play, he went inside and checked the drawers only to find the ornaments missing. He immediately informed his superiors, who after inspecting the place, informed the police.
“We suspect Chivle’s involvement in the crime and have registered a case against him. Investigation is on about his whereabouts that could give us some leads in the case,” said Mohan Waghmare, inspector of MIDC police station.