A 30-year-old man from a moderately well-off family was arrested at Nalasopara on Monday for a housebreaking conducted on January 4.
The Kandivli police on Wednesday took transit remand of the accused from the Kurar police because the crime was conducted in their jurisdiction.
LG Shinde, assistant inspector, Kandivli police station, said Nilesh Chougale broke into the residence of Vinay Kumar, 45, at Maharashtra Chawl in Kandivli (West) while Kumar was not at home.
When he returned, Kumar found the lock on the main door broken and cash and valuables worth over Rs 60,000 stolen. A case was lodged and the police received a tip-off about Chougale.
The police said in another case, Chougale had gone to a woman’s residence in Malad (East) in the first week of January.
He tied and gagged the woman and made away with cash and valuables worth Rs2.5 lakh.
The Kurar police received a tip-off on his location and arrested him from Nalasopara.
“We are now trying to find out if he has committed similar offences in our jurisdiction. He confesses to have committed more than 100 thefts but so far we know of only two. We are also enquiring with other police stations,” Shinde added.
Chougale in his statement told the police that his parents have respectable jobs and his sister is pursuing her MBA.
When the police asked Chougale why he took to crime, he said it first started with trying to get extra money to fulfill his dream of living a lavish life. However, each time he got arrested, he had to borrow money for bail.
To repay that amount, he had to carry out another theft. He soon became a habitual offender, said an officer from Kandivli police station requesting anonymity.
The police said Chougale began driving an autorickshaw a few years ago but was not satisfied with the salary that he was earning and took to crime again.