Frustrated at not being able to meet his girlfriend, Santosh Pandey (22) sneaked into her house at Ghatkopar (West) on Tuesday night.
Hours later he was in police custody.
The Ghatkopar police said they received a call about a robber breaking into one of the row houses in a middle-class locality in Ghatkopar and escaping when an alarm was raised.
“When we reached, we were told that a man had broken into one of the houses and escaped when occupants of the house found raised an alarm,” said an officer of the Ghatkopar police station.
“Our investigation did not reveal any signs of break in,” the officer added.
The police learnt the robber entered the house through the main door, which was not locked, and headed for the bedroom where the woman was asleep.
“On reaching the bedroom he touched the woman. She got startled and screamed out of fright,” said U. Kolekar, police inspector of Ghatkopar police station.
“Her visually impaired parents were awake and thought a robber entered the house and called their neighbours for help.”
It was during the woman’s questioning that the police learnt the intruder’s true identity.
Police then launched a search for Pandey and arrested him the next day.
“During questioning he told us he was having an affair with the woman. On the day of the incident, he was drunk and wanted to meet her, therefore sneaked into her house,” said one of the police officers involved in the investigation, on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
Police found out that Pandey was a college drop-out and worked for a catering company before he got sacked a few months back.
Since then he has remained unemployed.
Pandey was booked for outraging the modesty of a woman and was released on bail by a magistrate court on Thursday.