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Thief’s shoes did him in

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2010 01:53 IST
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Police said diamond broker, Ramesh jain (36), who was arrested for stealing diamonds worth Rs 4 crore from an office in Girgaum could be nabbed only on the basis of the image of the shoes he was wearing, which had been recorded by closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

The robbery had taken place on April 15 at the sorting office of P.N.S. Shringar Limited located in Shakila Manzil at Charni Road. The DB Marg police had registered a case.

Unit II of the Crime Branch arrested Jain on Sunday and recovered diamonds worth Rs 2.65 crore from him.
Jain had planned the robbery five months ago, police said.

Police sources said on the night of the incident, the CCTV cameras inside the diamond merchant’s office were not working and the lamps on the stairs were switched off. This is why none of the cameras could capture Jain’s face.

While walking down the stairs, however, Jain switched on his mobile phone and used the light from it to guide him. The light from the cell phone helped the CCTV camera installed on the staircase grab the image of his shoes.

The shoes were shaped differently. The police questioned several people who said they had seen Jain wear such shoes.

Additional Commissioner of Police, Deven Bharti, refused to comment saying he cannot disclose details of the investigation.

The police said Jain had got duplicates made of at least five keys to enter the office and open the locker in which the diamonds were kept. “Jain was highly trusted at the firm and he used that to his advantage,” a police officer said requesting anonymity. The officer added that Jain made duplicates of some keys after taking them up from the office and keeping them before anyone could realise that the keys were missing.

“The person in charge of the keys would leave them near the locker after opening it once in the morning and would later use it only at the time of closing the office and so Jain could easily pick up the keys to make duplicates,” the officer said.