Mumbai Crime: Women burgled homes with kids in tow

Acting on a tip-off that a gang of women burglars that had targetted their area in the months of June and July, were in the area, officials from Matunga police station nabbed the trio from Kamraj Nagar, Ghatkopar, recently. The accused were identified as Pooja Gupta (35), Anuj Prabhakar (26) and Tulsi Jadhav (25) and have been operating across Mumbai for the last five years.

Speaking to mid-day, Assistant Police Inspector Mukund Yadav from Matunga police station said, “Always well-dressed, the trio would walk into residential societies with their own children by their side to avoid suspicion. Once inside a building, they targetted top floor apartments to avoid attention. After selecting a flat, the women would break-in and decamp with whatever valuables they could lay their hands on.”

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He added, that though the trio was arrested a year ago, they went around doing their business after serving their sentence. “Since their arrest, we have solved two cases registered at our police station and one at Bandra police station. They will be handed over to the Bandra police once we are done with our investigation. The trio confessed to various break-ins across Mumbai,” said Inspector Vinod Kamble.

During interrogation, the women claimed they took to burglary to support their families after their husbands lost their jobs as security guards. They said unemployment pushed their spouses into depression, and they took to alcohol and drugs to overcome it. The trio claimed their husbands’ addictions made their lives miserable and they became burglars to provide for their respective families.

The accused have been booked under Sections 380 (theft in a dwelling house, etc) and 34 (acts done by several persons with furtherance of a common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and are currently in judicial custody.

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