Robbers are rarely known to steal from cops, but two crooks in Thane carried out a brazen theft at the house of a Crime Branch constable and made off with cash, jewellery, his service revolver and even his pants. What’s more embarrassing is that this happened right under his nose, even as the constable and his family were sleeping in the room.
The room in Kasarvadavali where the constable and his family live. The daughter was awake and said she saw two robbers run away
Kailash Haribhau Godge (39), a constable with the Anti-Extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch, registered a case at the Kasarvadavali police station stating that two unidentified robbers had fled with his service pistol, 10 live magazines, along with cash and gold ornaments — all worth Rs 74,300.
Godge is a resident of Shri Sadhuru Ekta society in Mogharpada, near Ghodbunder Road in Kasarvadavali, where he has been living for 10 years, in a room with his wife Sunanda, son Tejas and daughter Tejashri. Godge is from the 1997 batch of the police department and said he got his revolver in 2000, after finishing the commando training.
On Monday night, after Godge returned home post duty, he kept his revolver in the cupboard and hung his clothes on a hook.
The family went to bed around midnight but was woken by his daughter’s scream in the wee hours.
“Around 4 am, my daughter screamed loudly and said someone had entered the house. My wife and I woke up, and I switched on the light and saw the cupboard open and the service pistol missing. All the clothes had been dumped on a chair and the cash and gold ornaments were also missing from the cupboard,” Godge recalled.
Godge’s daughter said she woke up because of the noise and asked who was there. One of the robbers put his hand on her mouth and told her he was her father. Scared, the girl obeyed his instructions and went back to bed. The robbers put the blanket back on her and fled. “My daughter said she looked from the window and saw two people running,” he added.
When Godge tried to open the door, he found it had been latched from outside. He yelled for help and a neighbour came to their aid. “The items that were robbed include my service pistol along with 10 live magazines, worth Rs 20,000. The gold ornaments, including mangalsutra and a chain, are worth Rs 50,500 and there was Rs 3,800 in cash.
They also fled with my pants and the wallet inside it,” Godge said.
A case was register under Sections 457 (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have registered a case against two people and are trying to get CCTV footage of the incident,” said a senior officer from Kasarvadavali police station.