Navi Mumbai: The Kharghar police have arrested four people and busted a gang that had a knack for climbing high-rise buildings and breaking into houses. The police have seized stolen items worth Rs 2.7 lakhs and claimed to have solved at least seven cases of burglary in the Kharghar area.
Officials said that the notorious group had earned the moniker 'Spiderman Gang' due to their methods and generally used to operate at night.
The three arrested were identified as Saif Isa Shaikh, (19), a resident of Mumbra, Shoaib Waris Qureshi, (21), Siraj Naeem Shah, (18), and Mohammad Omar Mohammad Yusuf Sheikh, (35), residents of Govandi.
Police said that Shaikh was the main accused who used to climb the high-rise buildings. “They used to target flats that don’t have safety grills to enter and commit the crime,” said an official from Kharghar police station.
Police said that for the last five to six months, there was a rise in burglaries in the Kharghar area especially in residential buildings where there were no safety grills.
Sandipan Shinde, senior police inspector of Kharghar police station formed a special team and started a parallel investigation into the case. “Based on the CCTV footage and other technical information obtained during the investigation, the special team got the information that the accused are residents of the Govandi area,” said Shinde.
The police also received information that they were coming to Kharghar to commit another crime. A trap was laid at Sector 34 and 35 and they were arrested when they arrived there. Following interrogation, the police solved 7 cases and also recovered a Scooty used for the crime along with 3 laptops, 10 mobile phones, 3 tabs, 1 hard disk, 1 guitar among other items worth Rs 2.71 lakhs.
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