Two men were arrested on Thursday in relation to a March theft of gold jewellery at a Govandi polishing unit in March. The men, accused of stealing jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh, were arrested from Hoogly district.
The accused Shantanu Karar (left) and Zakir Shaikh
The accused have been identified as Shantanu Karar, alias Raju, 19, and Zakir Shaikh, 25. A third member, Kalipat, was arrested within a few days of the complaint being lodged. According to the police, the men are trained gold polishers who came to Mumbai to “looking for jobs”.
“Their modus operandi includes sending a worker to the victim’s shop, who later provides them details about the layout and operations. A second worker joins the shop after the first one leaves and steals the jewellery within two or three days. He provides a fake name and address, and books train tickets in advance to flee the city,” said Rupesh Dalvi, police sub-inspector, Shivaji Nagar police station.
On March 15, 2015, Sejul Shaikh, 34, a jewellery polisher from Shivaji Nagar, lodged a complaint after gold jewellery worth R5 lakh was stolen from his unit.