Mumbai crime: Debt-ridden brothers arrested for Rs 15 lakh jewellery shop heist

Two debt-ridden bankrupt brothers, whose gold jewellery business had run into huge losses, were arrested on Friday for carrying out a heist at a jewellery shop in western Mumbai suburb of Khar.

The police cracked the case after they managed to get a confession from a 16-year-old employee in the jewellery shop, who was the youngest brother of the two accused. Under police interrogation, the teen broke down and revealed his role in the crime and the entire plot.

Crime branch unit 8 of Mumbai police have arrested brothers -- Madan Singh Rajput, 20, and Manohar Singh Rajput, 24, for looting Meethalal Jewelers in Khar East. A trap was laid and the accused were arrested at the Borivali station on Friday while then they were about to leave the city, the police said.

According to crime branch officials, the Rajput brothers had started a gold jewellery business in Kandivali West. “The business, however, didn’t work out. They were incurring huge losses in the business and were in debt. The brothers finally had to shut down the business and were pressure from people to pay up the money they owed. This led to the brothers starting to plan the heist.”

A police officer said, “The brothers first looked for jewellery shops which did not have CCTV cameras. The duo went to several shops in Mumbai’s western suburbs posing as customers. They found that Meethalal Jewelers did not have a CCTV camera.”

The officer revealed further, “They then sent their younger brother, who is 16 years old, to the shop to join as an employee and spy.”

“On October 18, when there was a lot of gold jewellery in the shop, the accused entered the shop in masks and as per their plan hit their 16-year-old brother and tied him up with ropes. They later went on first floor where the owner was working and assaulted him and tied up with ropes also. They then decamped with Rs 15 lakhs worth of gold jewellery.”

Another officer said, “We were cluesless in the case. After few days, we started questioning the 16-year-old boy. We got suspicious since he kept changing statements. When we grilled him properly he spilled the beans.”

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