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Thane: Sculptor arrested for gold chain snatching in local train

Updated on: 16 May,2024 12:10 AM IST  |  Thane
Faisal Tandel |

The sculptor in Thane's Kalyan resorted to theft to get easy money as he could not sustain the entire year on his earnings from peak season.

Thane: Sculptor arrested for gold chain snatching in local train

The arrested accused was held by Kalyan GRP/ Sourced Photo

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Thane: Sculptor arrested for gold chain snatching in local train

The Kalyan Government Railway Police arrested a sculptor for stealing a woman's gold chain while she was on a local train. The police, backed by CCTV evidence, quickly arrested the perpetrator, who has a history of criminal activity and turned to theft owing to a lack of opportunities.

The incident occurred on April 24 at Vasind Railway Station, near Kalyan. The 19-year-old woman standing near the footboard was targeted as the train slowed. The accused seized the opportunity and stole her gold chain before escaping. The victim, initially ignorant of the perpetrator's identity, reported the theft to Kalyan GRP who began a probe into the case. 

Using CCTV footage from the railway platform and nearby locations, the detection team identified the culprit as Dinesh Laxman Dhumal, a 30-year-old local of Titwala with a criminal record. He was swiftly arrested and presented in court.

Pandari Kande, the senior police inspector at Kalyan GRP, confirmed the arrest and said the accused has a history of criminal activities across Thane City, railways, and Thane rural areas. Investigations are underway to determine the extent of his criminal involvement.

"We have registered a case based on the CCTV footage where the accused is seen running from the scene after the crime. He was traced and arrested. The accused has a criminal history and had cases against him in Thane City, railways and Thane's rural part. We are further investigating the check how many cases are filed against him," added Kande. 

The accused, employed as a sculptor for part of the year, struggled financially due to the seasonal nature of his job. 

"As a sculptor, the demand for the work lasts for 3 to 6 months a year. The accused used to hardly earn a good amount and spent the cash he earned rather quickly. However, after that to manage his addiction and daily needs he started committing thefts as it gave him easy money," said the police officer.

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