The Vakola police have arrested a Santa Cruz resident, a disc jockey, for allegedly stealing the car of his friend in order to sell it so that he could spend money in pubs with his girlfriend. He had kept the stolen car at another friend's place in Bhayander and was waiting for an opportune moment to sell it off.
The arrested person has been identified as Nelson Jesinto, 22, who stays in the Kalina area of Santa Cruz with his parents.
According to the police, the 30-year-old victim, Marina Rodrique, also a resident of Kalina, works in a private firm. She would use her car only to visit the church on Saturdays and Sundays. The incident took place on April 25, when Rodrique returned from the church and parked her car near her residence.
During interrogation, the police learnt that Jesinto had planned to steal the car a month before the theft was committed. "On April 25, when Jesinto saw Rodrique's parked car, he went inside her house on the pretext of meeting her and managed to steal the car key and a gold bangle which were kept on a table at her home. He then got out of her house and sped away with the car," said a police officer.
"To avoid suspicion, Jesinto kept the car at a friend's place in Bhayander, saying that he had recently bought the car and will take it back after a few days. He was, in fact, buying time so that he could sell the car off," said senior inspector Vinayak Mule of the Vakola police station.
"After a complaint was registered, we initiated an investigation and questioned several neighbours in the vicinity. The needle of suspicion pointed at Jesinto because he was the last person to have gone to the victim's place, after which the car key and the gold bangle went missing," said Mule, adding that the police then picked him from the Kalina area.
"Initially, Jesinto vehemently denied any role in the crime, but following sustained interrogation, he broke down and confessed that he had stolen the car and kept it at his friend's place," said Mule.