The Mumbai crime branch arrested three people, who allegedly stole gold ornaments worth Rs 1.2 crore from a unit at Sewri using duplicate keys. The officers said the main accused Ramesh Kumavat, 19, has similar cases registered against him in Rajasthan. He worked at the unit and the theft was committed a fortnight after he made duplicate keys and left his job.
The others who were arrested include Ghevarchand Suttar, 40, and Bhimdas Vaishnav, 43. The police said they have recovered around 25% of the stolen ornaments so far. One of their accomplices identified as Mahendra is still on the run.
The accused were arrested by a team of unit IV of crime branch, including assistant inspector A Ramdas, Shinde, and personnel Ajay Ballar, Sandeep Talekar and Deepak Mandhre.
“Kumavat and Mahendra have similar offences in Rajasthan that were committed while they were juveniles. The officials said the accused had taken a major part of the booty to Takhatgad in Rajasthan and that Mahendra is also likely to be hiding there,” said a crime branch officer.
Following their arrests, the officials learnt Kumavat was employed with the unit and he quit his job on August 22 after making three sets of duplicate keys. He involved others in the crime and hatched the plan.
After the burglary on September 6, some of the stolen ornaments were allegedly kept with Suttar in Borivli and the remaining were taken by the others to Rajasthan. Vaishnav provided them shelter there.
All the accused have been remanded to police custody and they are being interrogated to ascertain the location of Mahendra, who has the remaining valuables.
Jaiswal was a history-sheeter and has several case including murder, robbery, extortion, among others.