The police have arrested two watchmen of a housing society in Airoli for allegedly stealing jewellery worth over Rs 15 lakh from a flat.
The two, Sanjay Vishwakarma (26) and Santosh Vishwakarma (22), along with their accomplice Prembudha Budha (28), were held from the Indo-Nepal border and brought back to the city.
The police said the robbery occurred on October 10 at Agrawal Park, Sector 8 of Airoli.
“There was 106 tolas (1.06 kg) of jewellery in my house,” said Shasheedra Shetty (43), whose flat was robbed. Shetty owns a restaurant.
“On October 10, my wife was at her sister’s place. I left the house at 7 pm and returned around 1.30 am from my restaurant. I found the jewellery and Rs 2,000 in cash missing,” he added.
Shetty lodged a complaint with the Rabale police alleging that the two watchmen, both residents of Nepal, were missing. The duo had been employed six months ago.
“We immediately formed a special team and sent it to the Indo-Nepal border. On October 27, our team informed us that three suspects had been detained at the border with the help of Uttar Pradesh police and the Customs officials,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe.
“We then sent another police team to Gauriphanta in Uttar Pradesh for confirmation.”
Shetty also went with the team and identified the accused. The police brought the trio back to Navi Mumbai and formally arrested them on November 2.
“We have recovered jewellery worth Rs 15.55 lakh weighing 103.6 tolas,” said Nasser Pathan, senior inspector of Rabale police station.