The Crime Branch Unit 7 of Mumbai Police recently cracked a theft case that took place in January. The main accused identified as Arya Pratap Nagh stole gold worth Rs 22 lakh and Rs 75,000 cash from a Goa- based family when they came to Mumbai to attend a wedding.
Nagh, originally from Hyderabad, started working as a spot boy in Filmcity when he moved to Mumbai. Fed up of his tyrant bosses he left his job. Later he went to Nehru Nagar, Kurla, where he met one Ravindra Kumar Gupta who provided him with a place to reside.
Soon, curiosity got the better of Nagh and he decided to explore the city. In the wee hours on January 7, he landed up at Vile Parle to see the international airport.
Assistant police inspector Shashikant Kadam from Vile Parle police station said, “ Nagh was frustrated as he neither had a job nor any money. In order to earn a quick buck, he decided to steal. So he entered one of the rooms of the Satellite Hotel from the rear side.
On seeing the Kunkalekar family fast asleep, he fled with all their valuables.”
According to a Unit 7 officer, a constable, Valmiki Shelar, got information from his source that someone was trying to sell stolen ornaments. Soon a team was dispatched and Nagh was detained.
After they learnt the case is registered with Vile Parle police station, he was handed over to them.
Apart from Nagh, Gupta and their other roommate Din Mohommed Qureshi were also arrested. Kadam said, “ Gupta and Qureshi helped Nagh sell the jewellery.
Gupta also sent few pairs of bangles to his native place which we recovered later. We have also recovered jewellery worth Rs 14 lakh.” According to the police officials the accused had taken loan worth Rs 3.9 lakh against the gold ornaments from the Chembur branch of HDFC bank. Kadam said, “ We have sent a letter to the bank officials asking them on the basis on which they gave the loan to Nagh.” The three accused have been booked under sections 380 ( Theft in dwelling house) and 457 ( Lurking house- trespass or house- breaking by night) of the Indian Penal code.