Pune: Stolen ornaments worth Rs 23.98 lakh have been recovered by sleuths from the Crime Branch Unit III of Pune city police from a notorious thief, his wife
and an aide.
The arrested accused have been identified as Rajesh Ram Papul alias Chor Raja (32) and his wife Jyoti, both residents of Hadapsar. Raja’s accomplice Ganesh Katewade has also been arrested.
The arrest was made while investigating a theft case registered by businessman Suresh Dhoka (26), a resident of Somwar Peth. As per Dhoka’s complaint registered with Samarth police station, a burglar broke into his apartment around 1 pm on July 2 and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 25.6 lakh and Rs 10.25 lakh cash.
ACP (Crime Branch) Suresh Bhosale said, “While investigating the case, cops obtained CCTV footage from cameras installed in the locality and zeroed in on Raja, who is a history sheeter in police records. His aide Ganesh is also a criminal on record. He is involved in thefts of ATM machines in Bhosari and Jejuri in the past.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pankaj Dahane said, “Raja is a notorious criminal and has been earlier booked in 18 different types of crimes. He was also involved in an attempt to murder case at Hadapsar. When our team raided his house, his wife said he had not come home since July 7. We recovered stolen ornaments worth Rs 23.98 lakh from the house.”
Talking about the theft at the businessman’s house, Senior Police Inspector Sitaram More added, “It took just 12 minutes for the accused to commit the theft.”
Investigation team included Assistant Inspector Ravindra Babar, Constables Ashok Bhosale, Steven Sundaram, Raju Rasge, Rohidas Lavande, Gunshilan Rangam, Anil Ghadge, Mahendra Pawar, Gajanan Ganbote, Shivanand Swami, Anil Bhosale, Ajinath Kale, Atul Sathe, Sandip Rathod, Sandip Talekar, Kishor Vaggu, Kalpesh Bansode, Sushir Sonawane, Sujit Pawar and Pragati Naiknavare.