The UT Police Crime Branch claimed to have recovered stolen jewellery and ornaments worth Rs 38 lakh from a 35-year-old priest, who was allegedly involved in three burglaries — two in Sector 36 and another in Sector 18.
The accused has been identified as Ravi alias Pujari, a native of Panchkula. The police have taken him on three-day remand.
UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said that police had received a complaint of burglary in a house belonging to a pharmaceutical unit owner in Sector 36-A in which cash and jewellery worth Rs 50-60 lakh were stolen.
Another burglary was reported to the police during last May in a Sector 18/A house, belonging to an ex-bureaucrat in which Rs 35 lakh in cash were stolen.
Inspector, crime branch, Gurmukh Singh, and inspector Ranjit Singh received reports that a ‘burglar’ was nabbed when he was trying to sell stolen jewellery in Ambala city. On May 31, the accused was brought on production warrant and eight days of police remand was obtained.
During interrogation, he confessed that he had committed a number of burglaries in Panchkula and Chandigarh including the burglaries at a businessman house in Sector-36, Chandigarh and Sector-19, Chandigarh in which jewellery and cash of more than Rs 1 crore was stolen, the SSP claimed.
Interrogation revealed that he had mortgaged some of the stolen jewellery with Sanjeev Kumar Jain M/s Pyare Lal Darshan Kumar Jain Jeweller, Sarafa Bazar, Ambala City, Haryana and some of the jewellery is hidden at his house at Surajpur, Panchkula. Of his disclosure, the team recovered the following gold jewellery/ diamonds ornaments at his instance. He was previously arrested by the Ambala police for theft and burglary.
During investigation, it has also come to fore that accused Ravi alias Pujari had constructed a big house and a temple approximately worth Rs 50 lakh with the stolen amount.