The Ghaziabad police arrested an interstate gang accused of committing over a dozen burglaries in the city. The police recovered gold, silver and diamond jewellery from the accused, among other stolen items.
According to the police, two women from the group used to work as domestic help and assess the movable assets of their employers, after which the group would hatch a plan to burgle the place.
The police recovered seven mobile phones, one laptop, three Rado and Rolex watches, 2kg of gold and silver jewellery, diamond earrings, one white coloured stone locket made of gold and one Apache motorbike.
The accused were identified as Rajeev, Sonu, Digambar, Rajesh, Saroj and Susheel.
The accused were arrested by the police during their pursuit of persons who had burgled the house of Praveen Kumar Aggarwal, a businessman, in Nehru Nagar last Saturday.
“Acting on a tip-off, the police team arrested the six accused from an abandoned factory on Meerut Road at 2.15pm on Wednesday. A licensed pistol, some cartridges, four mobile phones, a knife and a countrymade gun were recovered from the accused. We also recovered tools that are used to break locks and a bunch of keys,” Salman Taj, superintendent of police (city), said.
He said that during questioning, the accused revealed that they had committed over a dozen burglaries, of locked houses and shops in Ghaziabad, and that they were part of an interstate gang.
“The modus operandi of the gang was to get the women, Saroj and Susheela, employed as domestic helps and then steal valuables from the house they were working in. The accused revealed that Saroj and Susheela had won the confidence of their employers at Nehru Nagar and knew where they kept their cash and valuables,” Taj said.
According to the police, the house owner told the domestic helps that the family would not be at home on Saturday, two days before the burglary.
Saroj and Suhseela informed their gang and made away with jewellery and cash from the house.
The accused have been booked under section 378 of the Indian Penal Code.