The police have arrested the cook and driver of an NRI couple from whose house they stole cash and valuables worth Rs. 60 lakh on Wednesday night. The duo was arrested from Kanavani overbridge on Sunday evening after a tip-off from intelligence sources. The couple, who are based in London, spend a few months every year at their apartment in Indirapuram.
On October 19, the cook, Monu Saxena, and driver, Puran Singh, had made off with cash, including British currency, and valuables worth a total of Rs 60 lakh from the house of Jaiprakash Gupta and his wife Pavitra in Shipra Krishna Vista apartments in Ahinsa Khand 1, Indirapuram. The CCTV camera of the building captured footage of the two decamping with the valuables. They also stole the couple’s car when the latter were visiting relatives in Delhi. The police had recovered the car on October 20 from Sambhal district.
According to the police, the two were arrested from a Hanuman temple near Kanavani overbridge on Sunday evening. “We got inputs from intelligence sources about the duo’s location and caught them near the overbridge. On questioning, they confessed to the theft and told us that they had buried the stolen gadgets - two laptops and one iPad - near the Hindon canal at Shakti Khand 4 on the night of the theft. The police went to the spot and recovered the items,” said Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
He added that the two took the remaining items to the house of Saxena’s sister in Chandosi village and the police will recover them shortly too.
According to the Gupta, the duo had stolen 30 tolas (approximately 350 grams) of gold jewellery, one HP laptop, one Apple laptop, and one Apple ipad, apart from Rs. 4,47,500 and £5,500 in cash.
“The two have spent some of the stolen cash and we are investigating where it was spent. We have recovered Rs 82,000 and £1,750 in cash from the accused, apart from some of the stolen jewellery, worth Rs 30 lakh,” said Kumar.
An FIR under Section 378 of the Indian Penal Code has been lodged against the two and they have been sent to jail after being produced before the court.