Mumbai: Tardeo Police have arrested eight people, including two domestic helps, for allegedly stealing jewellery worth Rs 1.5 crore from the house of a bullion trader in Tardeo. Police arrested the two domestic helpers after detecting a sudden change in their lifestyle.

According to police, the incident came to light when the trader went to his locker at home, looking for his wife's jewellery. However, to his shock, all the gold and diamond jewellery, along with some gold coins, were missing.

Since he had several helpers in his employ, he could not single out any one in particular. He registered an offence of theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master at Tardeo police station on February 26.

During investigation, police learnt that two of the house helps, Narsaram Devasi, 20, and his relative Deeparam Devasi, 35, had gone to Rajasthan for Narsaram's brother's wedding and spent lakhs of rupees for the occasion.

Apart from this, police also learnt that Narsaram had rented around 30 cars for the wedding. Police then started to zero in on the accused, one by one.

Narsaram told police that he had the keys of locker and the room and he would steal jewellery. Initially he would steal gold coins. When those thefts went undetected, he was emboldened to steal gold and diamond jewellery.

After arresting the two, police arrested Ashok Sargara, Shravan Sargara, Farook Ahmed, Bhajanlala and Maniklala for buying the stolen goods. So far, police have recovered 1 kg of the loot and has also frozen their bank accounts.

"Our team went to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kolkata and Jharkhand to recover the stolen valuables and further investigation is on," said senior inspector Firoz Bhagwan of Tardeo police station.

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