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Driver held for stealing ₹18 lakh from Mumbai businessman, staging break-in

The businessman had kept Rs18 lakh cash in two bags and forgot it in the car

mumbai Updated: Feb 25, 2017 01:18 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Mumbai news,Crime,Theft
The police suspected the driver as he was the only one who knew about the money. (Pic for Representation)

A 26-year-old man who worked as a driver for a businessman in Bandra was arrested for allegedly stealing Rs18 lakh from his employer’s car and make it appear as though someone had broken into the vehicle and stolen the money. However, the Bandra police caught his bluff and recovered the money, which he had kept at a friend’s house.

According to the police, the incident took place around 11pm on February 20, a day before the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections. The complainant Yakub Kapadia, 62, a resident of Vrindavan building at Mount Mary, has six shops selling beauty products across Mumbai. His manager is entrusted with the job of depositing their daily earnings in the bank. But that day Kapadia ran out of time and the next day owing to elections, he could not deposit the money in the bank.

Kapadia, after collecting money from his showrooms at Ghatkopar and Kandivli, returned home at 11pm in his i20 car driven by his driver Faimuddin Ansari, 26, who had been working with him for two and a half years.

The businessman had kept Rs18 lakh cash in two bags and forgot it in the car. Ansari took the money out without Kapadia noticing it and kept it on the floor. He returned the keys and left with the money. Ansari ensured none of what he did was captured on CCTV cameras.

The next day, he returned to work and removed some parts of the rubber strip on the car door to make it look like someone had broken into the car using a scale and stole the money. He raised an alarm and told Kapadia that someone stole the money. The same day Kapadia registered an FIR and Ansari was picked up for questioning.

The police suspected him as he was the only one who knew about the money and that the thief chose to target just one car out of the 20 cars parked in the compound.

On sustained interrogation, Ansari confessed to the crime and the entire cash was recovered from his friend’s place at Ghatkopar, who was unaware about the crime. Senior inspector Pandit Thakare of Bandra police confirmed the development.

“The accused has been sent to judicial custody,” said sub inspector Dhanaji Sathe.


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First Published: Feb 25, 2017 01:18 IST