Waiters steal expensive gadgets to avenge sacking

Jun 27, 2012, 07:12 IST | Shiva Devnath

Stole booty comprising television sets, CCTV cameras and laptops worth Rs 6 lakh from the Soda Pub to teach its owner a lesson for firing them

Crime never pays and the three youngsters, all ex-employees of Soda Pub joint located in Malad, learned it the hard way. They were arrested yesterday morning for stealing electronic gadgets worth Rs 6 lakh from the pub on Saturday. They had stolen the goods to avenge termination of their jobs as waiters from the joint.

Recovered: Some of the expensive gadgets, which the police retrieved from the trio

The accused have been identified as Yasmin Abdul Shaikh (23), a resident of Andheri, Shirial Sabastian (20) from Malad and Ashraf Shaikh (21) of Malwani in Malad. The trio had been working at the joint, located on Link Road, for the past seven months but was fired last Thursday for their alleged involvement in petty thefts.

Enraged by their sacking and non-payment of previous month’s salary, the trio decided to teach the owner a lesson, and settled on doing it by robbing the joint, said the investigating officer.

Modus operandi
On Saturday night, after the joint was closed for the day, the three reached the spot and asked the watchman from the neighbouring building for a lever, so that they could open the shutter.

“The three told the watchman that they wanted to shift certain things from the shop as the owner had asked for them. Since the watchman did not know that the three were sacked from their jobs, he gave them the lever,” API Manohar Herpude from Malad police station said.

Using the lever they broke the locks, opened the shutter, and entered the joint. They then made away with LCD television sets, CCTV cameras and laptops, worth Rs 6 lakh. It was the joint owner, Vikram Seth, who discovered about the theft on Sunday following which he lodged a complaint.

“We suspected that the theft had been committed by an insider and when we asked around, the watchman said that he had helped the trio to get inside the joint,” Herpude said.

CCTV to the rescue
Based on the CCTV footage recovered from the building where the watchman, whom they had approached for the lever, was deployed, the police confirmed the trio’s identity and nabbed each one of them from their respective residences yesterday morning.

Behind bars
They were produced in the Borivli Metropolitan Magistrate Court and were remanded to police custody till July 2. 

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