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Vikhroli jewellery theft: Police find hole in staff's version

The police investigating the break-in and robbery of a Vikhroli-based jewellery store last week — where jewellery worth Rs 46.88 lakh was looted — suspect that something’s not quite right with the staffers’ version of what took allegedly place.

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2011 01:06 IST
HT Correspondent

The police investigating the break-in and robbery of a Vikhroli-based jewellery store last week — where jewellery worth Rs 46.88 lakh was looted — suspect that something’s not quite right with the staffers’ version of what took allegedly place.

“According to the complaint, the accused took away 30 kg of silver and 1.5 kg of gold in one bag. But it would be very difficult for even a well-built person to carry such a heavy bag to some distance,” an officer said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The police are also questioning why the robbers used masks when they were carrying out the theft in the night. “Normally, robbers who strike in the dark don’t bother wearing masks. In this particular case, in spite of the lights being out at Mangaldeep Jewellers, the accused wore masks. So, though the CCTV installed at the store has night-vision facility, which would give clear footage even in the absence of light, the faces of the accused cannot be seen,” the officer explained.

The CCTV footage shows three accused entering and looting Mangaldeep Jewellers between 3.55am to 4.25am in the wee hours of May 12. The accused tied the hands and legs of the two employees sleeping in the store and made away with gold and silver jewellery kept in the showcases.

After checking CCTV footages of robberies and attempted thefts of other jewellery stores in and around the area, investigators believe the images of one of the accused matches with that of an accused involved in an attempted robbery in Mulund east in April. “The image of one of the accused captured in the CCTV there matches one of the accused,” the officer said.

Sanjay Shintre, deputy commissioner of police (zone 7), said: “We have formed teams comprising officers from various police stations in our zone. Solving this robbery is our top priority.”