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10 arrested for theft at jewellery store in Mumbai's Bhuleshwar area


MUMBAI: At least 10 people have been arrested in connection with the theft of gold worth Rs 8 crore at a jewellery shop in Bhuleshwar area of south Mumbai, official said on Friday. Based on specific inputs, six police teams were dispatched to Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and the accused were nabbed for the theft that took place on January 14, an official said.

The police have recovered most of the stolen gold, which was buried in a field in Sirohi village of Rajasthan, he said. Four of the accused had allegedly entered the shop in Phopalwadi area of Bhuleshwar in the early hours of January 14 and stolen around 17.4 kg of gold and gold ornaments, worth Rs 8 crore, the official said.

The accused had also decamped with the digital video recorder of the CCTV at the premises, as a result of which the police found it difficult to identify the men, the official said. Based on a complaint lodged by the shop owner, an FIR was registered against his Ganesh Kumar Devasi (21), Ramesh Prajapati (21) and three accused at LT Marg police station, he said.

"During the probe, the police got specific inputs about the accused persons, following which six teams were dispatched to Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan," said Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil.

With the help of technical inputs, Prajapati was arrested from Ravdar bus stand in Sirohi, he said. The police team recovered 9070.71 gm of gold valued Rs 4.15 crore, which was buried by the accused on a farm in the village, he said.

During interrogation, Prajapoti also revealed that some of the stolen gold was kept with his relatives, the official said, adding that three more accused were arrested last week with 1440.19 gm of gold. The police team got information that the mastermind of the theft Devasi was hiding in Madhya Pradesh and was subsequently nabbed from Indore, he said.

On January 24, three more accused, who had given asylum to the accused, were also nabbed, he said. So far, the police have managed to recover over 90 per cent of the stolen property and arrested 10 accused, the official said, adding that a manhunt has been launched for two more accused involved in the case.