Mumbai: Siblings arrested for impersonating as beggars, conducting thefts
The MRA Marg Police Station in Mumbai has nabbed a sibling trio, who pretended to be beggars and stole from multiple homes throughout the city, India Today reported. The siblings would break into people's houses and rob valuable items. The accused, identified as Satyababa Kale (40), Nisha (22) who is the mastermind, and Pooja Kale (25), have been placed under judicial custody.
The accused are thieves from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra who traveled to Mumbai with the intention of stealing. According to the Mumbai Police, the trio was also accompanied by a child in order to appear as genuine beggars. The police reported that all of the accused had been unemployed and occasionally worked as farm laborers in the sugarcane fields of Maharashtra.
The incident was made public earlier this month after the trio broke into the complainant's home on Mumbai's Manohardas Street in the Fort area in the early hours and fled with 13 grams of gold. The police later recovered the stolen items. Rajesh Pawar, a senior inspector, reportedly assembled a team of police officers in response to the complaint and made the arrest.
To find the accused, the Mumbai Police examined more than 50 CCTV recordings between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Powai. Speaking about the case, a police official reportedly stated, "They were in Mumbai only to commit theft and steal and would start before or by 4:30 am. They had conducted a reconnaissance of the house they identified and committed the crime accordingly."
"They were aware of the specific details of these houses and knew that people are generally asleep in the wee hours. They stole and decamped with valuables, gold jewelry...whatever else they could get...like phones or gadgets," the Mumbai Police reportedly stated. "Our team set a trap outside their hut in Powai for four days, but we eventually arrested them from Badlapur," it added.
The police also imprisoned Chirag Jain, a jeweler, who was on bail for purchasing the stolen gold. When the accused siblings came to sell gold, Jain had turned off his CCTV camera for a few minutes. According to cops, several similar robbery complaints have been recently filed at the Mumbai Police Stations of Bhoiwada, VP Road, and Vikhroli, which shall now be thoroughly investigated.