Jewellery store in Bandra robbed, security guard absconding

Oct 07, 2013, 08:28 IST | Shiva Devnath

Police suspect that the 35-year-old man, who has been missing since the incident, is behind the crime

The owner of Popley, a popular jewellery store on Turner Road in Bandra (West), was in for a shock when he opened shop on Friday. He found that several ornaments and jewellery were missing from his store, and so was his security guard.

Cime scene: Popley Jewellers in Bandra was robbed of more than Rs 40 lakh in jewellery, allegedly by its security guard

Nilesh Shrivastav, the 35-year-old security guard at the store, has not reported to work since the night of the robbery and has been missing. The police have named him as a prime suspect and are on the lookout for him.

According to employees at the store, Shrivastav was on duty with another security guard on Friday. Late at night, he asked his fellow guard to take rest and sleep in a security cabin near the shop. When he was handed over the keys to the shop, Shrivastav allegedly robbed the store between 3 am and 4 am on Saturday morning, and fled with the loot.

Sources from the Bandra police station said that every person who was in touch with Shrivastav had been detained and questioned, but no leads had been found. 

Colleagues have also been interrogated, but nobody has any clue about Shrivastav’s whereabouts.

His mobile phone has also been switched off. The police believe that Shrivastav might have left Mumbai for his native place.

Rajendra Kane, police inspector (crime), Bandra police station, said, “He had been working with the store for more than a year. We are searching for him and will nab him soon.”

A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including housebreaking, and investigations are on in the case.

The crime
>> On Friday night, Nilesh Shrivastav was on duty with another guard
>> Seeing that the other guard was tired, Shrivastav asked him to go to the cabin and rest
>> He was then handed over the keys, which he used to enter the store and rob it around 4 am
>> Shrivastav then fled, and his mobile has been switched off since. Cops suspect that he took the loot to his native place  

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