Mumbai: ‘Spiderman thief’, who climbed 10 floors of highrise, stole cash and gold from flat, arrested | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The VP road police arrested a ‘spiderman thief’ who climbed up to the 10th floor of a 22-storey building to enter a businessman’s flat after breaking the glass window of the bathroom.
The thief entered the flat, opened the cupboard using a screwdriver and walked out from the flat’s main door with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees. The theft took place in the afternoon when the flat owner along with his family had gone to attend a funeral of his relative in Bihar.
The police arrested 25-year-old Mukhtar Ali alias Mausam on August 9. He was produced before a court and remanded in police custody.
The complainant, who is into stock clearing businesses at CST railway station, lived with his family on the 10th floor of a building in the Kumbharwada area near Grant Road. Renovation work was underway at his flat before the incident. Besides this, renovation work was also underway in the building and bamboo sticks were erected all over the building from the ground floor till the sixth floor.
The complainant approached the police on August 5 and narrated the incident. He told police that he has received information about the death of a family member in Bihar and left along with his family for Bihar on July 22. When he returned home on August 5, he found the flat’s safety door open. The family also found that the lock of the cupboard was opened, cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh were stolen. He then approached the police and lodged an FIR. DCP Rajiv Jain formed a team led by senior inspector Hemant Bhaudhankar and sub-inspector Dilip Tambe.
“Though the building has CCTV cameras, it had backup for only seven days. We checked with the building but couldn’t get CCTV footage of the time of the incident,” said an officer. The police then began using its conventional human intelligence system to find out about the accused. During the inquiry, the complainant told police that one person, Mausam, had undertaken repairing work at his flat. Complainant had informed him about his departure to Bihar. Moreover, before leaving, the complainant’s wife had given Rs 10,000 to the worker as his remuneration. He had seen a bundle of notes in her hand.
“With this information, we began working to trace Mausam who had not reported to complete his work. We got his location in the area while he was searching for work and arrested him,” said the officer.
Investigators have recovered stolen ornaments worth Rs seven lakh.

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