Sleuths of Crime Branch unit III claimed to have busted an interstate gang of burglars and recovered gold-silver ornaments worth Rs 20 lakh, a car, and equipment used in the crimes. With the arrest of two persons, cops say they have solved 40 housebreaking cases, including 10 from Pune.
Police have identified the accused as Munna alias Samil Alihussain Khan alias Qureshi (39) of Hyderabad, and his accomplice Suresh Mithalal Soni (39) of Rajasthan.
Police said that Munna is a history-sheeter with over 100 cases of burglary registered against him in various states. He was earlier arrested in 2008 and 2011 and came out on bail. 10 arrest warrants have been issued against him by Pune court.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime I) Rajendra Bhamare said in a press conference that Munna used to recruit his accomplices in jail. “Whenever he has been arrested, a new aide is found with him,” the top cop said.
Talking about his modus operandi, Bhamare added, “Munna used to wear executive suits and drive luxury cars while entering posh societies. The watchmen would not check him, looking at the car, and he used to get easy access. He always decamped with booty worth about Rs 10 lakh. In 40 cases, he has stolen articles worth more than Rs 3 crore.”
Police claimed they have worked out 10 burglary cases registered with Koregaon Park, Swargate, Market Yard, Warje-Malwadi, Chatushrungi, Sabgvi and Hinjewadi police stations in Pune. While 10 cases each are registered against the gang in Hyderabad and Mumbai, 10 others are lying with cops in Bengaluru, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
According to police, Munna is a class IV dropout and has two wives who live in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. His mother lives in a slum at Govandi, Mumbai. With the help of informers, police arrested Munna from Govandi.
Inspector Sunil Pawar, in-charge of Crime Branch unit III, said, “Munna kept modern equipment for burglaries. He even possessed a foldable weighing machine and used it to check ornaments while selling them to jewellers.”