Mumbai: Courier robbed of gold worth Rs 1.5 crore at knifepoint, gang of 4 held | Mumbai News

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Mumbai: Courier robbed of gold worth Rs 1.5 crore at knifepoint, gang of 4 held | Mumbai News

Mumbai: Courier robbed of gold worth Rs 1.5 crore at knifepoint, gang of 4 held | Mumbai News
2018-11-29 19:02:51

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MUMBAI: A case of robbing gold jewellery worth Rs 1.5 crore from a courier at knifepoint last month has been solved with the arrest of a four-person gang, including an employee of the firm that dispatched the gold. Almost 85% of the loot has been recovered.
On October 27, Mukesh Bukhar, a courier with a logistics firm, collected the jewellery from a firm that hallmarks them at the Mathuradas Mill compound in Lower Parel late in the evening. He was about to take a cab to the domestic airport when two unidentified people cornered him with a knife and fled with the gold.
Alerted by a tip-off about excessive spending by a couple of history-sheeters in bars and brothels in central Mumbai, the crime branch picked both up.
Their location on the robbery day going by data from cellphone towers showed Lower Parel. They finally broked down during interrogation, and the case was cracked on Sunday.
The police arrested Suresh Doke, 36, the employee of the hallmarking firm who masterminded the robbery, from Byculla and Mahendra Prakash Choudhary alias Gurbit, 22, with information given by Doke’s friend Vilas Pawar alias Mama, 25, and Satish Sanap alias Satya, 25. Almost 85% of the booty has been recovered, the gang claims they spent the rest.
“The N M Joshi Marg police had registered a robbery offence, and the crime branch was running a parallel probe, when our officers of unit 3 got a tip-off,” said Dilip Sawant, DCP (crime).
Investigating officer Sanjay Nikumbh said they learnt Sanap, originally a driver from Nashik, was spending a lot of money on beer and at a prostitution den at Kamathipura . “We kept a watch for nearly 10 days before we picked him. Simultaneously, we also detained Vilas Pawar, who used to run a car servicing centre at Golapdeo in south Mumbai, and had been spending a lot recently,” said Nikumbh.
Pawar is a history-sheeter with offences of assault registered against him. Sanap too has offences of theft and attempt to murder against his name.
With technical help, the police tracked their location on the day of the robbery which gave clear hints of their involvement. During their interrogation, they broke down and gave away the conspiracy. “It was Doke’s idea to rob Bukhar. Doke approached Pawar, who, in turn, engaged Sanap and Gurbit, who used to bring their bikes to his service centre,” said Netaji Bhople, assistant commissioner of police.
Doke told the police he used to watch Bukhar coming to his office alone to collect jewellery often and believed he would be an easy target. Once the group of four had worked out a plan, they followed Bukhar’s visits for nearly 10 days before robbing him.
They had planned to sell the booty, but since there was hallmarking on the jewellery, they were waiting for a chance to melt the jewellery and sell it. Jewellers send ornaments from artisans to the hallmarking firm, which tests the jewellery and endorses its value. Couriers pick up the ornaments and send them to various jewellers as per order. Doke himself worked as a courier with the hallmarking firm and often used to collect gold ornaments from various jewellers and artisans.



Mumbai: Courier robbed of gold worth Rs 1.5 crore at knifepoint, gang of 4 held | Mumbai News
2018-11-29 19:02:51

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