Woman arrested for robbing jewellery from BJP corporator’s house in Pune
The accused, Harsha Suresh Shitole, a native of Sangli, has 15 cases of robbery registered against her in Pune in the past decade.pune Updated: May 17, 2018 16:31 IST
A 53-year-old woman was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days on Wednesday for robbery, four years after she was released from the same jail for a similar crime. Harsha Suresh Shitole, a native of Sangli, has 15 cases of robbery registered against her in Pune in the past decade.
After three years of a clean record, she was arrested for stealing gold jewellery from a local corporator’s house on May 7. The complaint in the matter was lodged by Jyoti Gosawi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator.
“A few party workers were in the living room when she (Shitole) went to the area. She located the house and entered it and found her way to the bedroom. Unfortunately, the cupboard with the jewellery was unlocked. She managed to take the jewellery in a minute and a half,” said GS Sonawane, police sub-inspector (PSI) of Anand Nagar police outpost, under the Sinhgad road police station jurisdiction. “She covered her face with a scarf and bumped into the corporator’s mother-in-law on her way out of the house. We followed her through CCTV footage for two - three km, after which she removed the scarf and we identified her,” PSI Sonawane added.
She sold approximately 12.65 grammes to a jeweller, who was introduced to her by their mutual friend. The jeweller was identified as Devrai Ganapati Revankar, 63, who has a shop near Kesariwada in Narayan peth.
“He said he did not know that the gold was stolen, but he should not have melted the gold without verifying it’s source,” said PSI Sonawane.
The two were booked under Sections 338 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a local court.
Shitole has studied till Class 10 from the Seva Sadan school in Pune. She was married and had a daughter. However, the husband died in 2008-09 and Shitole found herself without a source of income and a daughter. She admitted her daughter in a local ashram and committed her first robbery in 20????
Since then, she has eleven cases against her in Vishrambaug police station and one each in Sahkarnagar, Khadak and Bharti Vidyapeeth police stations.
She has been arrested in all the above cases and was convicted and sent to two years in prison in one of them. She was in jail till 2014 and started working in a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hadapsar after her sentence was over. After the NGO, Shitole stared working at Kamla Nehru Hospital. However, the meagre salary could not help her pay the rent and pay for her daughter’s education.