Mumbai :  The Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a 19-year-old chain ‘stealer’ by chasing him all the way to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh where he had fled to after stealing a gold chain and taking a ‘sick leave’.

Lalitesh alias Lalit Sharma had started working at Ankit Birwad’s jewellery workshop in Sewri on April 22. He used to reside at the workshop itself. Four days after he joined, at 2.30 am on April 26, Lalit stole a 750-gram gold chain from the workshop. The next day he told Birwad on phone that he is feeling unwell and needs to go home for a few days and as such left.

When Birwad came to the workshop he realised that the gold chain is missing and immediately informed the police. The Unit IV of the Crime Branch then started tracking Lalit’s mobile phone and traced him to Dahanu. Lalit’s hometown is in Uttar Pradesh; assuming that he might have gone there, the cops then went through the schedule of all North-bound express trains. The nearest railway junction to Lalit’s hometown is Mathura and a train was scheduled to reach there on April 27 at 6.30 am.

A team of officers from the Mumbai Crime Branch, along with Birwad boarded an aircraft and reach Delhi in the wee hours of April 27, and travelled to Mathura by road, reached just in time for the train to arrive.

Lalit was then found in the general compartment of the train and a case was registered against him with the Mathura Government Railway Police (GRP), brought him to Mumbai and placed him under arrest for the alleged theft.

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