One of the two suspects allegedly involved in a case of house-breaking theft in Andheri (West) is suspected to have crossed into Bangladesh with stolen goods worth more than Rs 15 lakh – including cash, jewellery and a revolver – because the police failed to act on time.
A police team from the DN Nagar police station raided the suspect’s residence in Kolkata, but he reportedly slipped out before they reached. A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “A police team went to Kolkata around 10 days ago and they have been searching for the culprit. Had we acted fast, we could have nabbed the accused.”
Police officers said that the man, who is the chief suspect in the case, has broken into several other homes in Andheri, in the past. He had been arrested by the Oshiwara police station earlier, in a similar case. A native of West Bengal, he came to Mumbai in 2007, and used to sleep on railway platforms in the western suburbs.
The theft took place on March 6, in a duplex apartment on the ground floor of Bismillah Mahal at SV Road in Andheri (West). The owner of the house, Irfan Khan, and his wife were asleep when the theft took place. But the six CCTV cameras installed in the building recorded footage of the accused as they entered the apartment through a window.
“After interrogating a few friends of the suspect, we came to know that he had gone to his sister’s place in Rajasthan. A police team went to Rajasthan to catch the culprit,” said a police officer. The police, however, reached after he had already left Rajasthan.
Based on a tip-off, the police team then left for Kolkata. “The team has been looking for the suspect for more than a week. While he seems to have crossed the border, the other suspect may still be in Kolkata,” said an officer who is part of the investigating team.