The Navi Mumbai crime branch recently arrested a national-level boxer and two others in connection with several house break-ins.
With these arrests, the police claim to have solved many break-ins that took place in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, including two major cases in Vashi where goods and jewellery worth Rs66 lakh were stolen in 2012.
“One of the accused, 25-year-old Panchakshari Swami, a Virar resident, was once a well-known boxer and had participated in many state- and national-level competitions. He had won laurels as a boxer, but the temptation of easy money turned him into a criminal,” said Srikant Pathak, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
The other two have been identified as Rehan Ulhaq Badbhuia, 23, a resident of Kopar Khairane and Mayankkumar Sagar, 44, a resident of Mira Road.
“In a break-in at Vashi in November 2012, they had stolen jewellery worth Rs10 lakh. We have recovered it all. In the second incident, they had stolen gold jewellery and biscuits, and other items worth Rs56 lakh, but so far, we have recovered goods worth Rs42 lakh,” Pathak said.
According to him, all the accused are history-sheeters and have several criminal cases registered against them in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. “Their modus operandi was to target locked homes in isolated buildings. They would reach the flat by climbing the drain pipes and then break into it by cutting open the window grills.”
They have been booked under sections 454 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code. They were presented before a court on Saturday and have been remanded in police custody till March 8.