Pune: Wakad police station officials have recovered 687 grams gold ornaments worth Rs 20.61 lakh, which were stolen in eight cases, from a carpenter who had stolen them from two housing societies in the last two years.
The arrested accused has been identified as Prabhakar Pandurang Sutar, a resident of Dighi. He had targeted Kalpataru Harmony and Kalpataru Splendour societies in Kaspatevasti, Wakad.
DCP (Zone 3) Ganesh Shinde said, “Sutar had been working at these housing societies for the last two years. He would keep a watch on locked flats and then with the help of duplicate keys, he used to enter into the flats when the owners were away. After several thefts were reported from these societies, our team worked hard to gather information about the thief.”
Senior Police Inspector Shridhar Jadhav, in-charge of Wakad police station, added, “Sutar had been indulging in thefts for a lavish life.” According to officials, the accused knew the locality well and gelled with the other workers, which helped him remain undercover for two years. With the help of bogus receipts, he had mortgaged 190 grams of gold ornaments with two finance companies. He had been going on extended holidays with family and had purchased costly home products.
Investigation team included API Dattasaheb Londhe, and policemen Shyam Baba, Mohammad Gaus Nadaf, Ashok Dudhawane, Bhairoba Yadav, Ganesh Hajare, Dhanraj Kirnale, Kanta Bansude, Bhaskar Satras, Dadasaheb Pawar, Navin Gaikwad, Bapu Dhumal, Vikrant Gaikwad, Rajendra Barshinge, Hanumant Rajge, Bibshan Kanherkar and Sagar Suryavanshi.