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Maid duplicates keys, robs homes with gang

The Ghatkopar police have arrested four people from Bangalore, including a woman, for committing several thefts in Mumbai and Bangalore in the first week of February. The gang was brought to Mumbai on February 6.

Jyoti Naik, Babu Bhakto Naik, Prem Ramesh Laxman Naik, Ramesh Venkatraman Naik
(Clockwise) Jyoti Naik, Babu Bhakto Naik, Prem Ramesh Laxman Naik, Ramesh Venkatraman Naik

Identified as Jyoti Naik (22), her husband Prem Ramesh Laxman Naik (22), Babu Bhakto Naik (31) and Ramesh Venkatraman Naik (27), the gang confessed to have been stealing from households for a long time. They were arrested from Bangalore by a Ghatkopar police team consisting of Sub-Inspector NN Ogle, Constables Shelar, Thorat, Ganekar and Balekrao.

Modus operandi
According to the police, Jyoti would get a job as a maid, make duplicate keys and then rob the house with the help of her husband and his associates. Those arrested also told the police during interrogation that two more people, who are still absconding, were involved with them. “Two of their colleagues are still absconding. Earlier, our police team had gone to Bangalore twice in order to arrest them,” said Ogle. “Initially we thought that this was the first robbery. However, later we came to know that they have done this before. We are carrying out further investigations,” added an officer.

“We were looking for the gang after a complaint was filed by a resident of Jivdaya Lane in Ghatkopar on August 27, 2012, in which it was said that the gang had robbed his house after he had gone out for sometime,” said an officer from Ghatkopar Police Station. “Jyoti had worked there for 15 days.” Out of the goods worth Rs 4.26 lakh robbed, valuables worth Rs 2 lakh have been recovered following the arrest. The accused have been booked under Section 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master) and Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance) of the Indian Penal Code and have been remanded to judicial custody.

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