Mumbai Crime: Thief strikes box office, takes only new currency

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 18:29 IST | Santosh Wagh

Rs 1.42 lakh was stolen in Girgaum's Central Plaza Cinema recently. Demonetised high value notes were left behind, but the thief made it a point to take some new Rs 2,000 notes

The thief has been caught in the CCTV footage and police are trying to find him. Pic/Milind Karekar
The thief has been caught in the CCTV footage and police are trying to find him. Pic/Milind Karekar

Thieves quickly target what’s valuable, and they have surely realised that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 are definitely not. Rs 1.42 lakh was stolen in Girgaum’s Central Plaza Cinema recently, however these demonetised high value notes were left behind. But the thief made it a point to take some new Rs 2,000 notes.

The Central Plaza cinema is one of the favourite destinations of moviegoers in south Mumbai. On the morning of November 14, theatre manager Umesh Pawar opened his cabin, and found the safe inside broken. He immediately called the VP Road police station.

The stolen cash includes 12 notes of Rs 2000 and 1,100 notes of Rs 100. There were also some 10, 20 and 50 rupees notes. But police said the thief didn’t touch the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

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In their preliminary inquiry police suspect that it must be an insider’s job. They said the thief entered the theatre from the rear and opened the door of the manager’s cabin. “The thief must have done a recee first and then hatched the plan. He also knew that the theatre has only one security guard at night,” said Inspector (Crime) Rajendra Utekar. “The CCTV camera installed in the theatre has captured the thief and we are trying to establish his identity,” he added.

“After the complaint of the manager we registered the case under IPC sections 454 (House breaking) , 457 (House breaking at night), and 380 (theft) against an unknown person”, said Sanjay Kamble, Senior Inspector, VP Road police station.

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