A special police squad on Monday night arrested six men who were planning to rob a jewellery shop in Khar (West) the next day, and found during their interrogation that they had been running an antique furniture racket by breaking into locked houses and flats in Goa and selling the items in Mumbai.
Police said the men were planning to conduct a major robbery at the archeological museum in old Goa this week, which was averted due to their arrests.
The accused, all aged between 21 to 25 years, were arrested on Monday night from Khar (West). The police found two pistols, five live cartridges and a chopper in their possession. They have been identified as Nalasopara (East) residents Krushna Anil Rai, 22, Bholenath Ramlakhan Prajapati, 23, and Rahul Shivkumar Vaishnav, 21, Majid Aamin Khan, 25, from Jogeshwari (east), and Amjad Mosin Kureshi, 25, a rickshaw driver residing in the Malvani area of Malad (West).
The police said the men had been responsible for several house break-ins in Goa over the past four years. “We have been able to retrieve antique furniture worth Rs10.45 lakh from the accused. After their interrogation, a sixth person, Sherali Maroof Khan, was also arrested. Two more men, both Goa residents, are also wanted in the case,” said assistant inspector Nitin Patil of the special squad (west region).
The police said that they have foiled a major robbery in old Goa. “We have found pictures of the antiques at the museum on the cell phones of the accused. They have admitted that they were plotting to break into the museum this week,” said Patil.
The accused have been remanded in police custody until March 13.