Panvel cops send team to Indo-Nepal border to nab culprits

Friday, 14 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Panvel | Agency: DNA

The Panvel city police have sent a team of officials to Indo-Nepal border in Bihar to get hold of culprits who allegedly robbed two mobile phone stores in the city and stole phones worth Rs25 lakh last week.

"A team of five to six men broke into a mobile phone store in our area and stole phones worth Rs20 lakh. Two days after they stole mobile phones worth Rs5 lakh from another store," said Datta Patil, senior police inspector from Panvel police station.

According to Patil, the suspects would visit the stores several times posing as customers to understand security systems of the stores. Once they got a chance, they broke open the stores at night and fled with the goods.

"The accused were captured by the CCTV camera installed in both the stores. Our officials have co-ordinated with us from Bihar and we hope the culprits will be arrested soon," Patil added.

"The same gang robbed another mobile phone store at Kopakhairane a few weeks ago. They have also stolen wrist watches worth Rs25 lakh from shop in Bandra on a previous occasion," said Patil.

Meanwhile, the police are still clueless about the culprits' whereabouts who robbed a jeweller of 1.05kg gold and Rs1.5 lakh cash near Panvel railway station around a month ago.

No headway in Panvel robbery
On January 7, Arvind Punmiya, 44, a resident of Bhandup, came to Panvel for taking orders from the local jewellers with some sample jewellery in his bag

After finishing his work, Punmiya was returning home with the jewellery and cash around 9.45pm, when the culprits robbed him

"Both the crime branch of Navi Mumbai and the local police of Panvel are investigating the case. We have received certain leads in the case, but we will need some more time to get confirmed reports about the culprits. We hope the case will solved soon," said Datta Patil, senior police inspector from Panvel police station.

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