When Sanjay Arya, the owner of KR Metals, entered his shop near the Kandivli (W) station on Monday, he found he had become the city’s latest crime statistic.
“When Arya entered the shop in the morning, he discovered $1,500 and Rs 25,000 in cash missing from his drawer,” said senior inspector Suryakant Ghatge of the Kandivali police station.
During investigations, police learnt Ajay Kumar Jha (21), whom Arya had employed as a peon, had not reported to work since the time of the incident.
“We found the Poisar address that Jha had given at the time he joined was incomplete. Inquiries revealed he lived at Bihari Tekdi in Kandivli (East), a thickly populated slum area, said an officer on condition of anonymity.
Police circulated Jha’s pictures among residents of the slums, some of who then identified him.
“We laid a trap from him, and waited for two days. When he finally arrived, we nabbed him,” said Ghatge.
Jha was arrested on Wednesday. “He had been working at the complainant’s shop since the last three years. He has been booked on charges of theft and remanded to judicial custody,” Ghatge said.
During interrogation, Jha confessed, and said he had done it because he needed the money.
“He broke into the shop using duplicate keys. After Arya had wrapped up the day’s work on Sunday evening, Jha entered the shop and stole the cash,” Ghatge explained.
“Jha always had with him the original set of keys since he was the one who opened the shop every morning. He got a duplicate set of keys made using the originals,” an officer added on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
Police recovered cash worth Rs 80,000 from Jha.