To make the most of the festive season, gangs involved in housebreaking and thefts have scaled up their activities. A jewellery shop at Powai was broken into on Saturday night by unidentified people, who decamped with gold and silver jewellery worth around Rs11.4 lakh.
The shop, New National Jewellers, located on Military Road in Marol Maroshi at Powai, had been targeted before when the then accused had tied up the owner, Surendrachandra Jain, and decamped with ornaments.
In his police complaint, Jain said he learnt of the theft around 9:30am on Sunday when he opened the shop. The safe was broken and the ornaments were missing. The wooden back door and shutter were also damaged. Silver utensils weighing around 4kg, 36 gold bangles, and six gold bracelets were stolen.
Police earlier suspected someone known to Jain, but he did not have any employees and ran the shop only with his son. The cops are now focussing on specialised house-breaking gangs.
“In the festive season, jewellery shop owners stock gold and silver ornaments, which lure gangs into striking vulnerable targets,” said a senior police officer.