Pune sting nets criminals with 2kg gold ornaments, lakhs in foreign currency
The accused were found to be involved in 51 crime cases including robbery and vehicle thefts previously.pune Updated: Jun 07, 2017 13:28 IST
Local crime branch on Monday recovered two kilograms of gold ornaments and Rs 69 lakh cash including foreign currency from two persons arrested for chain snatching near Undri Chowk on June 1.
Sources revealed that the duo, Jafar Irani (38), resident of Pathare Vasti in Loni Kalbhor and Amjad Pathan (35), of Tata Mobile Tower in Shivajinagar, were arrested on Thursday after they walked into a trap set up by police based on a tip-off. On questioning, they confessed to snatching a chain in Kondhwa.
They were remanded to police custody till Monday by the Lashkar court in the city. It was found that they were also involved in 51 crime cases including robbery and vehicle thefts.
According to senior crime branch officials, Irani and Pathan, were found in possession of gold and cash at the time of arrest. The officials said they also recovered an air-gun with binoculars, mobile phones, helmets, two and four wheeler vehicles and a hand-held cutter from them. However, on Monday, the police custody was extended by another six days.
The motorbike they were riding at the time of arrest was found to be stolen while the ownership details of a Swift car and a Royal Enfield in their possession was yet to be ascertained.
During the custody, the two men confessed to and were booked for 51 various crimes including 18 counts of chain snatching, 18 counts of fraud, 5 counts of breaking and entering, 1 vehicle theft and 9 miscellaneous thefts. The police believe that 25 to 30 more counts of crimes shall possibly be registered after further investigation.
The gold jewellery recovered from the two was worth Rs 59,76,075; the silver jewellery was worth Rs 4,190; Indian currency worth Rs 66,04,000; and foreign currency worth Rs 3,08,482.
Survived by a wife, father, and two children, Irani owned a house in Kanjar Vasti region of Daund where he stored his loot. The market valuation of the plot was estimated to be around Rs 1 to Rs 1.5 crore by the police. Irani visited the property multiple times in a week along with his family.