Mumbai: Trainee cop catches thief stealing belongings during training

Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 16:07 IST | Santosh Wagh

Twenty-two-year-old catches thief who had been stealing candidates belongings from training ground in Mulund

Sachin Bagate. Pic/Rajesh Gupta
Sachin Bagate. Pic/Rajesh Gupta

How to prove you are the best person for the job? Show a glimpse of your ability even before you get it. Sachin Bagate, a 22-year-old aspiring police constable, did just that by nabbing a serial thief at his training institute recently. On Wednesday, the Navghar Police station arrested Chandramani More, 19, for stealing bags from the police training ground at Mulund East. He was caught red-handed, but has denied all charges against him.

Sachin Bagate, a trainee constable, had noticed that bags and belongings were being stolen from Hari Om ground in Mulund East
Sachin Bagate, a trainee constable, had noticed that bags and belongings were being stolen from Hari Om ground in Mulund East

Sachin Bagate, a trainee constable, has been staying and training at the Prahar Academy, in Kopri, Thane, for a year. As part of the training schedule, candidates are required to take part in several physical activities at the Hari Om ground in Mulund East. Once there, the candidates leave their bags and other belongings on one side of the ground and proceed for the training. For the last four weeks, however, bags and belongings were being consistently stolen from the spot, but the candidates chose not to complain about it to their superiors or to the police. The worth of the articles stolen was Rs 50,000.

Bagate decided to investigate the matter on his own. He stuffed his bag with clothes and left it at one corner of the ground
Bagate decided to investigate the matter on his own. He stuffed his bag with clothes and left it at one corner of the ground

But, Bagate decided to investigate the matter on his own. He stuffed his bag with clothes and left it at one corner of the ground unattended. Then, hidden some distance away, he kept a watch on his bag. A few minutes later, he saw a boy approaching his bag and checking the belongings. The boy then went a little ahead and started speaking to someone on his phone. He was telling the person at the other end that he would take the bag as soon as the coast was clear. After a few minutes, he returned to the spot where the bag was kept and was about to lift it, when Bagate pounced on him.

A few minutes later, he saw a boy approaching his bag. When the boy was about to lift the bag, Bagate pounced on him
A few minutes later, he saw a boy approaching his bag. When the boy was about to lift the bag, Bagate pounced on him

Bagate then contacted the police control room and the Navghar police who then reached at the spot and arrested the accused. He has been booked under IPC Section 379 (for theft). The boy has been denying that he had been trying to steal the bag.

Bagate then contacted the police control room and the Navghar police who then reached the spot and arrested the accused. Illustration/Ravi Jadhav
Bagate then contacted the police control room and the Navghar police who then reached the spot and arrested the accused. Illustration/Ravi Jadhav

Bagate said, "My passion lies with the police department and I want to become a good police officer. I just used the best possible skills to get the accused nabbed." The Navghar Police are currently investigating the matter.

Rs 50k
Total worth of articles stolen

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