History-sheeter who targeted senior citizens arrested in Mumbaimumbai Updated: Jan 26, 2018 00:05 IST
The Santacruz police recently arrested a 40-year-old man and solved six robbery cases. The police recovered 130 grams of gold from him.
They learnt that Anwar Abdul Hamid Shaikh, a resident of Nehru Nagar area in Kurla (East), was a history-sheeter.
He used to target senior citizens and rob their valuables.
“In December last year, Shaikh approached a senior citizen, who lives near Santracruz railway station, and threatened him, saying that he had received a contract to kill him. He told him said that there were two people waiting near the station to kill him,” said Suresh Valvi, assistant police inspector from Santacruz police station.
He told the man that he would be spared if he handed over all his valuables to him. The scared man handed over all his gold and cash to Shaikh.
“He had targeted six people from August to December last year and they have registered first information reports at Santacruz police station,” said Valvi .
Shaikh was arrested after the police found the same modus operandi in all the six cases.
“We started checking footage of CCTV cameras installed near the railway station. Shaikh was spotted in the footage and police officers tracked him down in Kurla. After investigation, we found Shaikh’s criminal record at Andheri police station as he was arrested a few years ago,” said Valvi.
“We went to his house several times but he was not present. We kept a watch on a gym where he used to often visit and arrested him,” said Valvi.
Anwar operated alone and he had been targeting senior citizens for the past 10 years.
The accused had also robbed a person in Juhu and the Juhu police took his custody on Wednesday for further inquiry.