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Mumbai: Burglary of 170 phones solved with single clue | Mumbai News


Mumbai: An autorickshaw with a peculiar rear light and curtains was the only clue the Dindoshi police had when a break-in was reported at a mobile phone store recently. Burglars had made off with 170 phones besides the digital video recorder of the electronic surveillance system and cameras, collectively worth Rs 33 lakh.
“We have arrested four accused and recovered all stolen phones as well as the tools used in the break-in,” said DCP DS Swami.
The break-in at the mobile store in Gokuldham, Goregaon East, was reported on September 22. The investigators later learnt that the burglars lived only a few kilometres away, in Malad East, and had done a recce of the store. They chose to target the store as it did not have a central locking system.
They broke open the shutter at night and gained access to the store. As cameras inside were deactivated, police looked through footage from cameras on the street and other establishments. They found that the getaway vehicle was an auto with a partially visible number plate. After checking different combinations of registration numbers in RTO records, and physically examining autos, they found the vehicle. One of the accused, Mayur Khaire, an auto driver, had borrowed the auto from its owner on the pretext of taking his mother to hospital.
“After committing the crime, the accused steered the vehicle into the Sanjay Gandhi National Park where they divided the loot among themselves. All the handsets were passed to Tejas Ambekar, a Kamathipura-based buyer,” said investigating officer Chandrakant Gharge. Ambekar has also been arrested.
The whereabouts of the other gang members led the cops to a red light area in Pune where they arrested Meghwal, a carpenter. Police said Meghwal masterminded the break-in along with Khaire. Another Malad (E) resident, Ramesh Porwal, joined them. On the day of the offence, Porwal led a group on his bike while the rest travelled in the auto.
“Most of the accused have a past criminal record,” said Swami.





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