A Powai resident helped the police arrest a history-sheeter and two of his accomplices involved in several house break-ins in the area. 30-year-old Harminder Sing Sondhia locked in the accused, who had broken into a credit society’s office in Powai, after which he handed them over to the police.
At around 6.45am on Tuesday the three accused broke into Radhakrishna credit society at Saki-Vihar road. Harminder Singh Sondhia was awakened by the noise they made rummaging through the articles in the shop.
Surendra Singh, one of the directors of the credit society said, “When Sondhia saw the shutter was slightly raised and one lock was broken, he realised the shop was being burgled. He quickly pulled down the shutter, and bolted the other lock, ensuring the accused could not come out.” Police then arrested the accused, Mahendra Thapa, 18, Salil Tonpe, 19, and Vinod Gaikwad, 18.
Police said Thapa had been arrested for a robbery in the same area a few months back. Singh added, “We are hoping that with these arrests the break-ins will stop.”