Mumbai: Juhu police have arrested an auto rickshaw driver, who snatched gold chains and stole mobile phones from people who step out late night for walks in the suburbs. The accused, identified as Rahul Kharwar (24), was caught along with a minor boy, who broke into homes located in posh suburban areas. Police have seized 19 high-end mobile phones and eight gold chains, in total worth Rs 4.2 lakh. The two accused, Kharwar and his minor accomplice, used to keep a close watch on rich buildings in Khar, Goregaon, Kandivali, Versova, Juhu and Amboli.
According to police sources, on October 17, a little past midnight, Kharwar and his minor accomplice saw two watchmen of Rosy Orchid building sleeping on duty. Taking advantage of this, Kharwar covered his face with a handkerchief and wore a cap to avoid being identified on CCTV camera. He climbed on the first floor and entered the house of a businessman, Vinod Bhojaniya. Kharwar then decamped with mobile phones, gold plated watches and cash worth Rs 1 lakh from Bhojaniya’s apartment.
The next day, Bhojaniyas found their belongings missing and immediately approached Juhu police, who checked the CCTV footage. The entire incident was captured on the CCTV cameras and they also noticed Kharwar escaping in an autorickshaw. On the basis of the CCTV footage, police began a search for the accused. Acting on a tip-off, Juhu police laid a trap near the back road of Juhu beach, on Wednesday night and arrested the accused. Kharwar had cases of house-breaks, trespassing, theft and robbery at several police stations.