Nehru Nagar police arrested a 42-year-old woman and her two daughters aged 17 and 20 on Tuesday, for stealing cash and jewellery worth around Rs 5 lakh from a neighbour’s house.
Ankita (name changed as she is a minor), the 17-year-old, along with her elder sister Tina (20) and mother Rekha Thapar (42) have been arrested for housebreaking.
“We have booked Rekha and Tina as they knew the stolen valuables were kept in their house but didn’t tell the police,” said Sub Inspector VS Shelar of the Nehru Nagar police station, adding that Ankita does not have a past history of crime, and that she alone had planned the theft.
Ankita has said she did it because her family was in a financial crisis and was struggling to bear the medical expenses of her uncle’s treatment, police said.
The theft occurred on November 26, at Chunabhatti-based businessman Jagdish Thapar’s (56) house. Thapar and his joint family lived on the fourth floor of Building 6 at Hajra Co-operative Housing Society.
Ankita’s family also lived in the same building, and Thapar’s daughter, Ritika (18) is a close friend of Ankita.
“Thapar and his family were out attending a wedding. That’s when Ankita opened the safety door to his flat and got in as the main door lock was broken,” said Kale. She knew the house well, and quickly located the cupboard keys and stole around Rs 50,000 in cash and Rs 5 lakh worth of jewellery,” Kale added.
“Manoj, Thapar’s son, discovered the theft as he was the first to enter the house after the crime,” said an officer on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
During initial police inquiries, Ankita had denied any wrongdoing.
“On Monday, she went and dropped the valuables in the dustbin kept outside Thapar’s flat, when no one was looking, returning to her flat only after a sweeper spotted the valuables,” the officer added.
The sweeper informed the Thapar family, who then told the police about it.
“The Thapars had suspected Ankita, so we questioned her again – that’s when she broke down and confessed,” said Kale.