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Mumbai couple stops for coffee break, thieves smash car window and rob them of Rs 1.6 lakh

The couple had to spend the night at a parking lot in Palghar waiting to get a copy of the FIR.

mumbai Updated: Dec 19, 2017 18:32 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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The police have got CCTV images from the restaurant that shows two men smashing the car window (in pic) and escaping with two bags on a motorcycle with no number plates.

A couple from Mumbai’s western suburb of Santacruz, who run a book-binding unit in Palghar, had a harrowing experience last weekend after thieves broke the rear window of their car and escaped with two bags containing Rs 1.60 lakh cash, important documents and their debit and credit cards, while they were at a restaurant on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Manor, Palghar.

A case has been registered under section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons, the police said.

The couple said they spent the night in the parking lot of a hotel as they wanted a copy of the police complaint, and the printer at the police station was not working.

On Saturday night, Esmail Godhrawala, 52, and his wife Durriya were heading home to Santacruz when they decided to stop for coffee and parked their car in the restaurant’s parking lot. “When we returned to our car, we were shocked to find that the rear left window glass was broken and our two black bags were missing,” said Godhrawala. “I was carrying Rs 1.60 lakh cash that I had to give to a client. We also lost our PAN cards, Aadhar cars, debit and credit cards, and confidential company documents.”

“The restaurant management refused to help us or give us compensation,” alleged Godhrawala, adding that after much cajoling, the food outlet shared its CCTV footage, which clearly showed the robbery.

“We went to Manor police station, where we were made to wait for hours, and then their printer was not working. We were forced to spend the night in our car in the parking lot of another hotel as we did not have enough money to stay anywhere,” Godhrawala said.

Early Sunday morning, after they finally got a copy of the FIR, the couple called some friends, borrowed money and headed home.

PSI Akshay Sonawane of Manor police station said: “We are investigating the case. We have seized CCTV images from the restaurant that shows two men escaping with two bags on a motorcycle with no number plates; the bike was probably stolen.”

Sonawane added that they are checking toll plazas, and the victims’ call data records. “Going by the CCTV images, the duo was waiting for the victims for an hour and was seen roaming around the restaurant premises. As soon as Godhrawala parked the car, they checked it out, and once the two patrolling security guards moved out of sight, they smashed the window and escaped with the bags,” he said.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 16:34 IST